TRINITY HILL Gimblett Gravels Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

July 5, 2021By Yvonne

TRINITY HILL Gimblett Gravels Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $120 Deep, dark, intensely fruity, spicy, toasty, earthy, cocoa-crammed and leather-laden, it’s a lovely, muscular example crafted from grapes grown beside the Ngaruroro River on a stony site once destined to be a correctional facility. This 100% cabernet sauvignon absolutely screams tobacco, dark plum, bouquet garni … Read More

Stonecroft Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018

April 16, 2021By Yvonne

Stonecroft Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 $60 Spots in the internationally-recognised 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection aren’t awarded for participating. Oh no. With only 12 places available for dozens of wines submitted by dozens of producers, it’s nail-biting stuff. Add 5 star ratings, Super Classic status from Michael Cooper, and high-90’s points from famous … Read More

Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2019

February 24, 2021By Yvonne

Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2019 $39.99 Only made when the fruit is absolutely perfect, this shiny new Declaration well and truly shouts from the clouds that its here to make friends so come on over! Scented with lemon brioche, almond meal, nectarine and soft, grapefruit-pith perfection on the palate, it’s elegant, ultra-fresh, delicately styled … Read More

Unison Symphony Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014

February 6, 2021By Yvonne

Unison Symphony Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014 $55 This syrah is developing a deliciously meaty majesty to its aromatic and flavourmatic (yes, it’s a word) layers. Soft white pepper, blueberry and boysenberry coulis characters all jostle for attention on the nose and mouth and it ends up being quite the delicious disco. Hints of flaxseed, soy … Read More

Unison Gimblett Gravels Classic Blend Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2013

February 6, 2021By Yvonne

Unison Gimblett Gravels Classic Blend Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2013 $40 Eight years on from vintage and this mighty merlot-dominated blend is developing an edge of espresso, cola and soy which cloaks the blueberry and dark plum in the mid-palate. Leather licked and layered with dusty tannins on the finish, this wine is maturing nicely … Read More

Unison Merlin’s Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2015

February 6, 2021By Yvonne

Unison Merlin’s Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2015 $38 22 months of careful barrel aging in the first instance, combined with another couple of years of sleepy years in the bottle, this classic Gimblett Gravels merlot is fleshing out in fabulous fashion. Leather layers merge with soft pepper, damson plum and blueberry notes to create a … Read More

Unison Excalibur Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

February 5, 2021By Yvonne

Unison Excalibur Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014 $38 I love that the punch of peppery syrah adds an extra flick to the tail of this warm, smooth, fulsome and velvety blend. Seriously aromatic, with dried herbs, carpenters cabin and cocoa characters, seven years on from harvest and just starting to swell and hit … Read More

Beach House Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2018

January 20, 2021By Yvonne

Beach House ‘F’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2018 $25 Here’s a fact. If it weren’t for cabernet franc, we wouldn’t have any cabernet sauvignon. You see, back in the mists of time, cabernet franc had some sexy-time with a saucy little sauvignon blanc vine and when the sap began to rise in the springtime, a … Read More

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018

August 9, 2020By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018 $150 THE TECHNICAL: This is the new vintage release of one of New Zealand’s most sought-after syrah’s.  Produced only in years when the fruit is exceptional, the 2018 Homage was crafted from 99.6% syrah and 0.4% viognier hand-harvested from three different Gimblett Gravels sites including 70% Gimblett Estate, 19% Tin … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018

July 1, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018 $24.95 Paul Dawick and Tim Preston are the crack team of talent behind Mills Reef, and merlot is their monster truck when it comes to wines that plough across your tastebuds and leave a deep, palate imprint.  Dark, inky, glossy and erupting with exotic 5spice notes, plum, cherry, … Read More