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VillaMaria HawkesBay Twyford Vineyard
VillaMaria SV TwyfordGravels HawkesBay Syrah NV

Single Vineyard

Twyford Gravels Syrah

The Single Vineyard Syrah is grown in the heart of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels sub-region.

The Twyford Gravels vineyard produces Syrah with intensity and structure, with distinct floral, blueberry and black pepper aromas. Its palate is defined by sweet dark berries and the trademark Gimblett Gravels minerality.

Tasting Notes

The Twyford Gravels vineyard is located right in the middle of the Gimblett Gravels, a small sub-region of Hawkes Bay renowned for producing some of New Zealand's finest red wines. The soil is made up of consistent free draining gravel which ensures naturally low yields and the heat from the sun continues to radiate from the stones throughout the evening promoting ripeness in the berries. The block selected for this single vineyard wine is the stoniest part of the vineyard planted with the Hawkes Bay heritage Limmer clone.

Vineyards and Winemaking

2021 was an outstanding Hawkes Bay vintage and will be remembered for a long time due to the high quality of wines produced. Lovely sunny days and heat throughout the growing season was offset by cool night-time temperatures ensuring concentration, ripeness, and good natural acidity in the grapes. Moderated yielding vines were harvested relatively early with the fruit in excellent condition.

Soils And Viticulture

The fruit was hand harvested and half of the fruit destemmed but not crushed and fermented as whole berries and the other half foot stomped in bins and fermented as 100% whole clusters. Gentle hand plunging ensured a soft extraction of colour, flavour and tannin from the fruit and the stems. After 14 days of total maceration, the dry wine was pressed off skin/stems to undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel. Once malolactic was finished, the young wine was racked off lees and returned to French oak barrels (40% new) for 20 months of ageing without any further racking before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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