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Sine Qua Non The Hated hunter 2017 (75 cl)
Syrah
USA

Average review score: 98,1

Robert Parker: 98+   Vinous : 96    Jeb dunnuck : 100   

Manfred Krankel is probably with Guigal and Chapoutier one of the three greatest winemakers in the whole world when it comes to wines made from Syrah. And the Sine Qua Non and Next of Kyn are in the firmament of wines year after year. An icon.
This wine is no exception to the rule. Plum jam, black cherries, blackberries, sour cherries and red fruits immediately appear on the nose and are confirmed on the palate in an explosion of flavors, further enriched by peppery, leather and liquorice notes.
The wine is balanced, very elegant, incredibly pure and the finish is endless ...

To taste around a rack of lamb with thyme.

 

Robert Parker: 98 + / 100 

The 2017 Syrah The Hated Hunter (first tasted last year as a barrel sample and before it was named) is made from 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7 , 8% petite sirah, 2% grenache, 1.2% petit manseng and 1.4% viognier which has been fermented with 26% whole bunches. The sources of the vineyards are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It has been aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% of which is new wood.

Deep garnet black, the nose unfolds slowly to offer a wide range of tasty, earthy and fleshy notes - peppery salami, black olives, charcoal, wild sage and a cast iron pan - on a core of plum jam, of Morello cherries and Boysenberries with hints of menthol, tobacco leaf, Chinese five spices and anise. Full-bodied, the palate reveals surprising elegance, balance and restraint, offering a mid-palate of exotic spices and a seductive, fluffy texture, ending with tons of earthy undertones and an invigorating minty note.

1,821 cases and 600 magnums were produced. "The Hated Hunter" features on the tag an old black and white photo of Manfred Krankl's grandfather in hunting gear, posing with his rifle and his hound. The Grenache 2017 that accompanies this Syrah is called "The Gorgeous Victim", in reference to the black and white photo of a carefully composed deer trophy that appears on the label. If wines can tell a story - and I firmly believe they do - I would love to review this evocative pair of wines after a decade of cellaring. What a dark, complex and introspective story it will be!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - August 31, 2020
Maturity: 2023-2043

 

Vinous: 96/100

The 2017 The Hated Hunter Syrah is a dense and powerful wine. The super-ripe black cherry, leather, spice, and licorice are all amplified by the heat of the year, which is keenly felt. Smooth, exotic and flamboyant at will, the 2017 offers tons of immediacy with a little less of the definition found in more balanced years. But again, this is 2017. The blend is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 2.0% Grenache, 1.4% of viognier and 1.2% of petit manseng. The wineries are The Third Twin Estate, Eleven Confessions, Cumulus and Molly Aïda.

Antonio Galloni - August 2020
Maturity: 2022-2032

 

Jeb Dunnuck: 100/100

Named after Manfred's grandfather, the 2017 Syrah The Hated Hunter is made from 82.4% Syrah, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 2% Grenache and the rest of 'a blend of white varieties that has spent a little over 23 months in 59% new French oak. A 2017 classic, it presents an incredible nose of spicy red and black fruits, ground pepper, dried flowers and sandalwood. With full bodied richness, no harsh edges, gorgeous fruit purity and a finish that doesn't stop, it has everything you would expect from a bottle of wine. This cuvée comes from a blend of The Twin, Eleven Confession, Cumulus and Molly Aida vineyards, and was bottled in August 2019, with 1,821 cases produced.

Jeb Dunnuck - August 4, 2020
Maturity: 2019 - 2032

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