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Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah
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16½/20

Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah 2014

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandSerious, structural and potent, with youthful intensity just now starting to yield into velvety, sueded tannins. Deerstalkers is entirely Gimblett Gravels fruit, and only produced in the very best years. Gravelly, with humus earth, tar, camp smoke texturing inky dark black plum, liquorice, dusky violets, ripe black cherry, thick blackberry on a potent, refined palate, this finishes with ample fresh cracked pepper and smoked beef. Open top fermented with extended post-ferment maceration before being basket pressed into French oak barrel (30 percent new) for 18 months, this is a well-constructed big red, intended to impress, and hold a good few years in the cellar.Tasted: 25 January 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 65.99 BCLS Producer: Sacred HillDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 124972UPC: 9416623001057