2008 was a very good vintage in Hawkes Bay. A temperate summer was followed by a superb and dry Indian Summer with generally average temperatures. This blessing allowed us to hang the fruit out until it was perfectly ripe, still retaining the typical varietal characters of the grapes. The 5 traditional varieties of Bordeaux, as grown in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay, have produced a wine of power, elegance and complexity.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
"The volume is turned up in their black labelled top-tier blend, 2008 The Gimblett, which comes exclusively from estate vineyards planted on the Gimblett Gravels. It was a harmonious wine brimming with violets, cassis, turned earth and cigar-box characters. Bullseye Bordelais."
Patrick White, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (MAR/2012)
"A blend of cabernet sauvignon (43% per cent), merlot (41 per cent), petit verdot (seven per cent), malbec (six per cent) and cabernet franc (three per cent), from two vineyards in Gimblett Gravels. Cropping levels were restricted to six to seven tonnes per hectare. It was aged for 20 months in French barriques using 35-per-cent new barrels. Dense red with strong, ripe, sweet berry fruit and plum flavours together with chocolate, licorice and vanilla seasoned with an influence of spicy oak. An impressive red that offices value at this price. "
Rating 5 stars - Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (NOV/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot 41%, Petit Verdot 7%, Malbec 6% and Cabernet Franc 3%. Clones predominantly sourced from Bordeaux.
The beautiful rich red colour.
The black fruits aromas and flavours are complimented by a soft, mouth-filling structure and a fine-grained texture.
This is a fine wine for aging, 5-10 years, but is also quite approachable in its youth.
Great for drinking with red meats and game, including duck.