Stonecroft Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 $60

Spots in the internationally-recognised 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection aren’t awarded for participating. Oh no. With only 12 places available for dozens of wines submitted by dozens of producers, it’s nail-biting stuff. Add 5 star ratings, Super Classic status from Michael Cooper, and high-90’s points from famous wine people, you’ll understand, as you sip, why this syrah is so sought-after. Impenetrably inky, perfumed with exotic herbs, florals and pure pepper and saturating the palate with powerful blue-black fruits, plump, pliable tannins and refreshing acidity. Venison backstraps? Stunning.

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