2016 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand (6 x Bottle)

New Zealand Hawkes Bay

The 2016 Le Sol is perhaps the most confident, self-assured expression of Syrah to yet emerge from this benchmark producer. I say that because it no longer relies on weight, power and extraction for its impressiveness, but rather on its wonderful fragrance and elegance. Perfumed notes of violets and cracked pepper lead the way, backed by anise and black cherries. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and tremendous length, echoing with hints of clove, cinnamon and sassafras.

2016 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand (6 x Bottle)

The 2016 Le Sol is perhaps the most confident, self-assured expression of Syrah to yet emerge from this benchmark producer. I say that because it no longer relies on weight, power and extraction for its impressiveness, but rather on its wonderful fragrance and elegance. Perfumed notes of violets and cracked pepper lead the way, backed by anise and black cherries. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and tremendous length, echoing with hints of clove, cinnamon and sassafras.

New Zealand Hawkes Bay
Producer Craggy Range
Region Hawkes Bay
Country New Zealand
Grape Variety Syrah
Vintage 2016
Colour Red
Style Full, Dry, Spicy

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Vinous

The 2016 Le Sol has a refined, pure bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry and violet aromas that burst from the glass (such a relief after the disappointing Te Muna). The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin and nicely judged acidity, quite backward and a little surly towards the finish, but there is balance and poise here. It just needs another two or three years in bottle to open up.   

91+ Points / Drinking 2020 - 2030

By Neal Martin / November 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2016 Le Sol is perhaps the most confident, self-assured expression of Syrah to yet emerge from this benchmark producer. I say that because it no longer relies on weight, power and extraction for its impressiveness, but rather on its wonderful fragrance and elegance. Perfumed notes of violets and cracked pepper lead the way, backed by anise and black cherries. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and tremendous length, echoing with hints of clove, cinnamon and sassafras.

94 Points / Drinking 2019 - 2028

By Joe Czerwinski / February 2019