This has been lauded by a few critics as the outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage. It may well prove to be the finest bottle of plonk I possess in my cellar:
Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Syrah Hawkes Bay 2013 – $$$+ – Drink 2018-21
I’m not gonna let the vagaries of my cellar affect this wine. It’s getting necked in ’18.
NZ wine critic Raymond Chan sez, “The depth and penetration is a feature. The wine follows a very flowery tannin line, the extraction significant, but refined. The acidity is perfectly integrated, and the palate has tension and drive that carries the flavours to a very long, rich and elegant finish. This is the most beautifully refined ‘Le Sol’ to date. It has elegance and finesse, with intense black fruits, minerals, florals, earth and spices.”