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. The beautiful rich red colour and the black fruits aromas and flavours are complimented by a soft, mouth-filling structure and a fine-grained texture.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
"Quite a taut red with a mix of red and blackberry, plum and spice flavours. Dry but not austere with fine, ripe tannins that assure longevity. A more elegant and restrained wine than I can recall under this label. "
Rating 91 - Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (NOV/2012)
"Stylish blended red, based principally on merlot (60% per cent), with smaller amounts of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. Mouthfilling, deeply coloured and supple, with good density of blackcurrant, plum and slight herb flavours, savoury and complex. Drink now or cellar." Rating 4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Best of 2012 (OCT/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
2010 was a sensational vintage in Hawkes Bay. A perfect summer was followed by a superb dry Indian summer. This allowed each of the varieties to be left on the vines until they were perfectly ripe.
“The Gimblett” is traditionally made from a blend of five varieties. This leaves many options available to blend the best wine for each given season. In the cooler years Merlot will be predominant with the Cabernet family giving structure and fresh aromatics. Petit Verdot and Malbec help with complexity, density and colour. In
warmer seasons the Cabernet family will dominate the blend.
The 2010 “The Gimblett” is a beautiful blend of ripe blackberry fruit with fresh blackcurrant and dried herbs on the nose.
Structurally the wine is dense and complex. This structure allows the wine to be very food friendly as a young wine.
Try with red meat and game dishes.
With moderate bottle age of 5 to 8 years it will develop into a complex and complete wine in its own right.