Elegant, high energy syrah with a wonderfully perfumed aroma. Subtle power. Should develop very well indeed.
98 points, The Real Review (October 2018)
Le Sol, one of the country's most respected syrah labels, cracked through the NZD $100 barrier with the 2013 vintage and has continued to adjust the price in a northerly direction. This is the first vintage that a small amount (20% ) of whole bunches has been used in the fermentation. Nicely perfumed and typically dense, rich syrah with a lovely texture and firm, rounded tannins. Powerful yet elegant wine with plum, berry and mixed spice flavours together with an interesting savoury edge.
98 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
Full-bodied, supple and nicely balanced at this early age, with spicy detailed aromas including some stemmy whole-bunch nuances. Elegant, supple, soft-tannin palate. Possibly the best Le Sol to date. (20% whole-bunch fermentation, for the first time).
95 points, The Real Review (August 2018)
Enticing ripe blackberries and plums are framed in subtle, sweet baking-spice complexity and dusted in fine, white-pepper notes. The palate has suave, smooth and concentrated dark berries, presented in a very neatly articulated array of ripe, regal tannins. Great depth and resolve. Pure syrah.
95 points, jamessuckling.com (December 2018)
The 2016 Le Sol is perhaps the most confident, self-assured expression of Syrah to yet emerge from this benchmark producer. I say that because it no longer relies on weight, power and extraction for its impressiveness, but rather on its wonderful fragrance and elegance. Perfumed notes of violets and cracked pepper lead the way, backed by anise and black cherries. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and tremendous length, echoing with hints of clove, cinnamon and sassafras.
94 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
Warm spice scents, red berries, faint choc-berry notes, pepper. The palate is juicy but tightens on silty tannins, succulent is a pretty good word, rich but fresh fruit character, long in flavour too, finishes tight and squeaky. Lovely wine here.
93 points, The Wine Front (September 2018)
The 2016 Le Sol has a refined, pure bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry and violet aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin and nicely judged acidity, quite backward and a little surly towards the finish, but there is balance and poise here. It just needs another two or three years in bottle to open up.
91+ point, Vinous (November 2018)
Not the biggest, densest or richest vintage of this wine, the 2015 Le Sol instead emphasizes fragrance and elegance. Cracked pepper and violets on the nose give way to flavors of blueberries and spice on the medium to full-bodied palate. The oak seems much less noticeable than in the past, the extraction less intense, and the wine flows more naturally across the palate and into a long, seamless finish.
93 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)