Gravel Hill – Syrah | 2019

This wine is certainly about a sense of place.

The Gravel Hill terroir consistently provides a Syrah that is unique in character, quality and expression.

Since Carl’s first vintage at Hartenberg in 1993 he realized the distinct difference in the character and quality of a parcel of Syrah vineyard at the lower end of the Estate with extraordinary characteristics.

All these elements make for a unique red wine, shouting sense of place, true to terroir.

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Fact Sheets

Current Vintage

Gravel Hill 2019

 

Previous Vintages

Gravel Hill 2013

Gravel Hill 2014

Gravel Hill 2015

Gravel Hill 2016

Gravel Hill 2017

Gravel Hill 2018

About Gravel hill

The core of the now phenomenal reputation of The Gravel Hill Syrah is locked into the site’s unique geology. On the surface, there appears to be very little soil. Instead a 40 cm thick covering of brown, ferrous stone is undermined by a fine clay layer, stretching down a few meters

As the winter rains dissipate and the soil dries out, the subsoil clay cracks, and water filters through the gravel and collects in the clay fissures, serving as the vines’ water reservoir. As the summer heat  wanes and the winter rain arrives, the clay swells, pruning the roots buried inside it,  thereby limiting the vigour of the vines.

Awards

2019 Vintage 95 points Tim Atkin MW Decanter Gold medal

2018 Vintage 96 points Tim Atkin MW 4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2017 Vintage 95 points Tim Atkin MW 2016 Vintage 95 points Tim Atkin MW 5 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2015 Vintage 96 points Tim Atkin MW 2014 Vintage 95 points Tim Atkin MW 4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2013 Vintage Syrah du Monde Gold medal 5 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2012 Vintage Decanter Gold medal 91pts Robert Parker

2011 Vintage 94pts Tim Atkin SA Wine Report June 2016

2010 Vintage 94pts Tim Atkin SA Wine Report – June 2015

Robert Parker 94 points 4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2009

Vintage 4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2008 Vintage Gold Medal Syrah Du Monde

2013 4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide 94 points Tim Atkins MW