This wine made Andrew Caillard's 2019 Gimblett Gravels Annual Selection
95 POINTS | NZ Wine Rater
The Gimblett is traditionally made from a blend of grape varieties. The Cabernet family gives structure and fresh aromatics. Merlot gives richness and mid-palate weight with Malbec helping with complexity, density and colour. This is always a special wine - regarded by many enthusiasts as one of the the best value Gimblett Gravels blends available in the New Zealand market. Highly recommended.
Exotically perfumed aromatics that include ripe blackberries and red fruits plus hints of florals and dried herbs. There is superb clarity of flavours on the palate. Structurally the wine is complex, with textural tannins. This structure will allow the development of further complexity over the next 10 years.
Sam Kim writes "Stylish and beautifully composed, the wine shows blackcurrant, blueberry, dried herb, almond and violet aromas on the nose. The medium-full-bodied palate is refined and persistent with excellent fruit purity combined with elegant oak notes, backed by fine chalky tannins, making it wonderfully structured and lingering."
NZ Wine Rater writes "Very Bordelaise in style. There's a broad spectrum of aromas including ripe, dark berries, chocolate, freshly roasted coffee and masses of generous cedary oak. Full bodied, concentrated, tannic and weighty with plush fruit to balance the layers of chewy tannins. Needs plenty of cellar time or plenty of air and some serious protein to approach right now."