Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Declaration Chardonnay 2014 $50 (5 stars)

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

Chardonnay lovers have I got a bottle of ‘batta bing, batta bing’ for you!  Crafted by the seriously talented team at Pask, (where it’s compulsory to adore chardonnay) here’s a grapefruit and peach-packed wine stitched together with butterscotch, custard crème, tweaks of cinnamon and a long, juicy finish.  As soon as you sip, your palate … Read More

Pask Small Batch Sur Lie Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2013 $25 (4 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

Just 250 cases were made of this juicy, light, unoaked style of chardonnay designed to highlight and enhance the natural, clean, tropical and stonefruit flavours present in those gorgeous grapes. Extended time on its yeast lees has added a subtle layer of creaminess to the bold,grapefruity backbone of this wine. Creamy with Crayfish mornay…

Unison Gimblett Gravels Rocky Red 2014 $22 (4 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

Phil and Terry Horn have absolutely immersed themselves in a Hawke’s Bay life in wine ever since taking ownership of the 6ha, Gimblett Gravels icon Unison Vineyard in 2008. With the help of expert winemaker Jenny Dobson, they have elevated the quality of their reds to stratospheric levels. This ‘Rocky’ merlot cabernet blend follows the … Read More

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu Merlot Blend 2014 $27 (4.5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

If red meat is on the menu this Christmas, then tell your guests to grab a goblet of this and giddy up!  The rich, velvety blackfruited texture of this merlot-dominant wine wraps itself around the palate in a spicy, cocoa-driven cloak (or ‘te kahu’ in Maori) and leaves glorious, festively furry tannins on the finish. … Read More

Element Gimblett Gravels Viognier 2015 $25 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

I LOVE the nose of this wine – it seduced me right from the first sip with its exotic orange zest, jasmine, citrus oil and classic caramelised complexity.  It’s my favourite style, all rich, cuddly and luxuriously spicy and ready to morph into a meal in itself.  But if you insist on pairing it with … Read More

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah

June 24, 2016By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah 2014  The impenetrable, inky-dark colour saturation is the first thing that gets you with this wine, it’s incredibly dense, dark, a stormcloud in a glass.   Perfumed with blackcurrant, cherry and pepper-dusted damson plums, the nose is exciting , spice-driven and has smoke around the edges.  Elegantly structured, the core … Read More

Beach House Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2013

March 22, 2016By Yvonne

Beach House Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2013 $45 ★★★★★ I swear the wines made by the small but perfectly formed team at Beach House wines on Hawke’s Bay’s Te Awanga Coast, just get better with every passing year.  Crafted from fruit sourced in the sun-trap that is the Gimblett Gravels (it’s always at least 2 degrees … Read More

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2014

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2014 $30 ★★★★ There’s less than 1ha planted of this super-savoury Italian red in Trinity Hill’s Gimblett Gravels vineyard – and there’s precious little planted elsewhere in the country.  It’s a hearty, ribsticking red with really interesting meaty, leathery notes, lovely hints of coughdrop and cocoa alongside pepper and smoky, … Read More

Elephant Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

Elephant Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $69 ★★★★★ According to winemaker Steve Skinner, they did 33 different picks across their syrah vineyards, which, for a smallish, 200-odd tonne winery is a huge effort “but it was so worth it because we were able to single out some absolutely stunning parcels to make wines like this … Read More