Le Sol

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Le Sol

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

Intensively hand managed, the grapes reveal a deep and dark Syrah with purple hues. Le Sol is always aromatically pure with a luscious yet elegant mid-palate and a distinctive fine tannin finish.

$135

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$135

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

Intensively hand managed, the grapes reveal a deep and dark Syrah with purple hues. Le Sol is always aromatically pure with a luscious yet elegant mid-palate and a distinctive fine tannin finish.

Aromatically pure and elegant

Aromatically pure and elegant

Le Sol (french: the soil) is born of the renowned Gimblett Gravels viticultural appellation with its gravelly soils attracting the sun in summer and insulating the vines in winter.

The vines are planted in the stoniest parts of the vineyard to a heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand in the 1840s.

About

98 Points

"Lovely complexity, harmony and vinosity."

Andrew Caillard, MW

June 2017

5 Stars

"This famous Syrah impresses with its lovely fragrance and finesse. Dark and densely packed, with a floral, peppery bouquet, it is mouth filling but not heavy, with youthful, arrestingly concentrated blackcurrant, plum, spice and black-pepper flavours and a finely textured, lasting finish."

Michael Cooper

October 2017

96 Points

"A delicious dry wine. Bold, dark berries, brown and black spices, oaky, fruity and concentrated; a powerful bouquet that envelopes the senses and slowly unfurls in the glass."

Cameron Douglas, MS

August 2017

2015

Deepest red with vibrant purple hue. Brooding aromatics of dried dark rose, violets, blackberry and a lift of sandalwood; characteristic of the red wines from the Gimblett Gravels. Power and elegance jostle across the palate. Classic fine grained tannins vitalize the rich fruit core and carry the wine long for an elegant, dry and sophisticated finish. Quintessential cool-climate Syrah.

Braised rabbit with charred onions and winter vegetables

15 years from vintage

Cool spring, early summer, warm & dry finish. Excellent.

23.9

51 hl/ha

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 30% new

2014

Deepest red with vibrant purple hue. Expressive cool climate Syrah with lifted notes of violets, fresh boysenberries, sandalwood and a hint of dried, peppered meat. The palate has a dense core of dark fruits beautifully integrated by acidity and fine, dusty tannins giving the wine a long, elegant feel towards the dry finish.

Venison, lamb

15 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent.

23.9 average

51 hl/ha

100%

100%

Combination of open top French oak cuves and stainless steel tanks.

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 35% new barrel

2013

Deep red with vibrant purple hues. Complex brooding Syrah aromatics of boysenberry, blackpepper, camphor and garrigue herbs. The plate is all about finesse with dark fruit richness beautifully integrated with fine tannins and acidity to give a finish which is long and dry.

Venison, lamb

10 years from vintage

Warm, dry, excellent.

23.9 average

55 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Combination of open top French oak cuves and open top stainless steel tanks.

Inoculated and indigenous

French oak barriques, 32% new barrel

2011

Deep and dark with purple hues. Aromas of sweet blackberries are complemented by subtle hints of bark, cocoa and freshly cracked black pepper. On the palate an elegant core of black fruits is layered with dusty, dry tannin and refreshing acidity.

Venison, lamb

10 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer

23.7 average

62 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Combination of open top French oak cuves and open top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 35% new barrel

2010

An opaque black purple core with vivid crimson rim. Aromatically, tar, black
pepper, cedar, rose and a hint of fennel season the ripe, abundant blackberry
characters. The palate is svelte where sweet flavours of melted liquorice and dark
fruit coat the fine tannins. Flavoursome and long.

Venison

10 - 15 years from vintage

Cool, dry autumn, very good.

23.2 average

38 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 38% new barrel

2009

An opaque black core with dark garnet rim. Redolent with black cherry blueberry,
melted liquorice, wild thyme and black pepper. This is intensely flavoured with
layers of fine ripe tannin.

Wild game

20 years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding.

23.7 average

39 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 39% new barrel

2008

Opaque core with magenta rim. A profusion of blueberry and dark plum fruits are
combined with spicy notes of black pepper, star anise, vanilla and dusted with
cocoa. A simply stunning nose. The palate is firmly tannic which provides the
structure to release waves of flavour on the very long finish.

Wild game

15 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good.

24.1 average

40 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 47% new barrel

2007

Opaque core, with iridescent rim. The earth, fruits and florals are all expressed
here; scorched earth, dark plum, aniseed, thyme and lavender marry for an
incredibly intense and complex bouquet. The palate is multi-layered with dry
granite-like tannins, tempered by succulent ripe fruit and integrated oak notes.

Venison

20 years from vintage

Long, dry and cool.

24.1 average

42 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves.

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 42% new barrel

2006

Black garnet colour with vivid crimsom hues. Aromas of black pepper, lavender,
blueberry and toast meld for a complex bouquet. The palate has a firm tannin
structure, yet also possesses a rich, creamy texture and a long, complex finish.

Game dishes

10 years from vintage

Very warm.

23.8 average

47 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Spontaneous

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2005

Densely coloured with vibrant purple hues. Intense aromas of prune, blackberry
and liquorice abound, boosted by floral elements of thyme, lavender and white
pepper. The palate is incredibly rich with fine, silky tannins that provide a lush
sensuous texture. The finish is refined and polished, deep and smooth.

Game meats

15 years from vintage

Classic red vintage in all aspects.

24.2 average

46 hl/ha average

100%

95%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated and indigenous

French oak barriques, 52% new barrel

2004

Deep purple hue. Aromas of prune and blackberry enhanced by an array of
cooking spice and cracked pepper. The flavours flow through the palate, the texture
is powerful yet soft with a profusion of sweet fruit and fine tannin.

Game meats

12-15 years from vintage

Cool, dry and sunny

25 average

54 hl/ha average

100%

95%

Open top French oak cuves

Spontaneous

French oak barriques, 65% new barrel

2002

Intense bright deep purple/black colours, almost opaque. Heady aromas of
blackberry fruits, exotic spices and black pepper along with complex dust and sweet
blueberry aromas. The palate promises almost exactly the dame and while rich and
heady, maintains the tightness and structure and fineness of tannin that is a
hallmark of this style.

Game meats

12-15 years from vintage

Cool, sunny and dry.

24.2 average

66 hl/ha average

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 55% new barrel

2001

Intense bright, deep black/purple colours, almost opaque. Heady aromas of blackberry fruits, exotic spices and black pepper, along with complex dust and sweet blueberry aromas. The palate promises almost exactly the same and while rich and heady, maintains the tightness of structure and fineness of tannin that is a hallmark of this style.

Game meats

12-15 years from vintage

26.4 average

18 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel

Indigenous

French Oak, 40% new barrel

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

Hawke's Bay

39° 35' 57.2"S

176° 44' 5.6"E

In 1876, great floods swept through Hawke's Bay. When they subsided, the Ngaruroro River had changed its course and a vista of gravel was left behind in a warm, sun-filled valley, greened lightly with spring rain. On the right bank of this old river is a collection of different soil mixes, stone and mineral rich, ideal for growing Syrah, Bordeaux-style reds and Chardonnay.