TROPHY | Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
GOLD MEDAL | Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
Another stunning Gimblett Gravels wine from lauded winemaker Gordon Russell. The 2018 is cabernet sauvignon dominant with merlot, malbec and cabernet franc playing supporting roles. A well-deserved trophy at the Royal Easter Show highlights the quality on offer here. Careful cellaring will be rewarded as this wine will unfold over the next 10 - 15 years.
Winemaker Gordon Russell writes "This Winemakers Reserve blend is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's finest red wines with a pedigree that stretches back to 1990. The wine is deeply coloured and mouthfilling with firm but supple tannins. Black olive, cherry, red plum, sage and dried herb flavours are complemented by an overlay of cedar from barrel maturation. This a complex and age-worthy wine."
Michael Cooper writes "This powerful blend of cabernet sauvignon (38%), merlot (28%), malbec (19%) and cabernet franc (15%) was hand-picked and matured in French oak barriques. Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, slightly spicy bouquet, it is weighty and bold, with a rich array of blackcurrant, plum, berry, spice and nut flavours, vibrant and youthful. Flavour-packed, with good tannin backbone, it should break into full stride 2023+."