Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

January 17, 2023By Yvonne

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $45 Hailing from one of Hawke’s Bay’s ‘holy trinity’ of vintages (2019, 2020, 2021), the name Elspeth was given, years ago, to their flagship wines, after the owner/winemaker of the time Tim Preston’s grandmother, Elspeth Preston. Only released when the fruit is fantastic, this cabernet sauvignon would … Read More

Trinity Hill ‘125 Gimblett’ Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020

December 29, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill ‘125 Gimblett’ Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020 $80 Golden in the glass and scented with smoky French oak, scorched cashew and brazil nut notes, grilled grapefruit and hints of baked apricot and citrus complexity, this chardonnay is ultra-enticing from the first sniff. Plus delicious depth and mineral layers coexist with a creamy, citrus-centric core, … Read More

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2021

December 15, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2021 $39.99 Trinity Hill first bottled tempranillo back in 2002, from a single barrel, making just 25 dozen bottles. They were one of the first wineries in New Zealand to leap into tempranillo and since then they’ve become an absolute force for good. Especially when it’s from one of Hawke’s … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021

December 1, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021 $25 One thing will become super-obvious when inhaling the scent of this Bordeaux blend from Hawke’s Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels region. Meatiness. It’s rich, savoury and roaring with roasting pan juices on the nose. Combine that with dark blueberry, plum, pepper and bay leaf layers, black olive … Read More

Pask Gimblett Gravels CMMF 2019

December 1, 2022By Yvonne

Pask Gimblett Gravels CMMF 2019 $22 Holy berries Batman! Those Paskers really know how to blend. This absolutely champion combination of Cabernet Sauvignon 43.8% Malbec 18.8%, Merlot 16%, Cabernet Franc 6.8%  is super-stylish, spice-dusted and saturated with ripe plums, leather and cocoa layers and a dusting of liquorice. 2019 was a sensational vintage for Hawke’s … Read More

Pask Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2019

November 30, 2022By Yvonne

Pask Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2019 $22 Wow! Prepare for an instant hit of tobacco, sweet cedar, cocoa-dusted plums and bouquet garni herbs which will sail up your nostrils and morph into fabulous flavours on the palate. Grown in one of the holy trinity of vintages (2019/2020/2021) it’s a stunningly ripe, spice-saturated merlot with a long … Read More

Pask Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020

November 30, 2022By Yvonne

Pask Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020 $22 Gloriously golden in the glass, this chardonnay comes from one of the greatest vintages in Hawke’s Bay’s wine memory, 2020. And with winemaking know-how dating back to 1985, it’s no surprise that the Paskers have created chardonnay erupting with creamy, peachy intensity and glistening with glints of grapefruit in … Read More

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2021

October 31, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2021 $39 Ok, so looking at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 examples, of Trinity Hill’s chardonnay I think, “what have they been feeding the winemakers?” Because there’s something seriously deliciously evil going on. Especially in this vintage. Is it the popcorn drizzled with grapefruit curd? The roast peach and baked … Read More

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2021

October 20, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2021 $40 The way that winemakers Warren Gibson and Damien Fischer have evolved this blend over the last decade or so has been super-exciting to see, particularly as the proportion of cabernet franc is now sitting at 50%. The remainder of the blend consists of cabernet sauvignon and petit … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020

September 28, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020 $22 If there’s a range of wines that consistently, crowd-wowingly over-delivers for the money, it’s the Mills Reef Reserves. 2020 is fast being written into the stone tablets of wine bibles as being an exceptional year for Hawke’s Bay reds and this plump, plush, mouthcoatingly rich and cocoa-crammed … Read More