Trinity Hill L’Eritage Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 $120

Sourced from three different sites on Trinity Hill’s property, this smooth and saucy new addition to their syrah portfolio, is crafted from three different clones, ‘Baileys’ and ‘Mass Selection’ were clones thought to originate from cuttings bought to the antipodes from France by James Busby in the mid-1830’s.  Clone ‘174’ was gifted to Trinity Hill by the late Gerard Jaboulet in the late 1990s.  A teensy splash of clone 642 viognier (0.5%) was injected via viognier skins addition to the ferment. ‘Eritage’ is an old French noun for ‘heritage’ and it seemed fitting to the winemaking team to name this wine after the history of those clones.  It is completely different to much of the syrah you see at this price point in New Zealand, softer, more elegant, leather licked instead of being all guns blazing.  Silky, powdery tannins surround a blueberry core aided by a lithe, 13% alcohol, lifted florals, and acidity that’ll take it through to 2035 comfortably in the cellar.