This is an inky purple-hued Syrah, with the power to match its intense color. Scents of toast, vanilla and black cherries set the stage, while the flavors build on that, adding hints of cured meat and cinnamon. This is full-bodied, with ripe tannins, yet isn’t soft. Give it a couple years in the cellar to allow the wood to integrate, and this will be even tastier.
In its first couple of vintages, Le Sol was almost Australian in character, but it is now taking a more perfumed and elegant tack, with this ’07 featuring hints of rhubarb and cracked pepper on the nose, and dark berry fruit matched by savory notes of coffee and black olives on the palate. It’s creamy in texture, yet without excess weight, and finishes long. Drink…
Full-bodied and rich, this is an unusually concentrated and intense New Zealand Syrah. Intense aromas of peppery spice, blueberry and cedar add olive and espresso flavors on the palate, framed by some firm tannins. The fruit powers through on the finish, so in a couple of years’ time, this rating may look conservative.
Craggy Range’s top-of-the-line Syrah offers strikingly perfumed and high-toned aromas, combining a floral element with basic cherry and cassis. It seems plummier and less complex on the palate, then folds in black olive and espresso shadings on the creamy-textured finish. This shows enough concentration to develop for 5–10 years in the cellar.