Sophia

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Sophia

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

The best parcels of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot Bordeaux varietals are selected from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard and blended to make the richly layered and precisely constructed ‘Sophia’.

The grapes are blended to produce a wine that is a unique canvas of its place.

$115

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

$115

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

The best parcels of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot Bordeaux varietals are selected from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard and blended to make the richly layered and precisely constructed ‘Sophia’.

The grapes are blended to produce a wine that is a unique canvas of its place.

Character and complexity

Character and complexity

A refined and elegant hand-crafted merlot dominant blend that represents both the vigneron’s art and inherent understanding of the land, ensuring ‘Sophia’ is the finest expression of the terroir and the people.

‘Sophia’, meaning ‘wisdom’ in greek mythology, pays tribute to the goddess of knowledge and experience, information and understanding - a philosophy adopted by our winemakers and viticulturists when creating this wine.

About

5 Stars, 98 Points

"A super-smooth blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with dense, complex mixed red berries, blackcurrant, floral, violet, anise, spice, cedar, new leather and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine that's impressive now but shows obvious cellaring potential."

Bob Campbell, MW

October 2017

95 Points

"Medium bodied, red fruits in the main, though some black, toast and herbs, almost a honey thing going on, raspberry freshness, black pepper and spice, good finish, with grainy tannin pushing through. I like the smoky/earthy theme it has, combined with its freshness and verve. They know how to do Merlot in Hawke’s Bay, that’s for sure."

Gary Walsh, Wine Front

July 2017

97 Points

"The palate delivers awesome concentration and richness, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fleshy mouthfeel. Tannins are fine and in abundance, providing outstanding structure and length to this breathtaking wine."

Sam Kim

July 2017

2015

Deep darkest red. Complex aromatic profile with notes of ripe plum, cassis, dried rose and spice from the finest French Oak. The wine exhibits a wonderful depth of dark red fruits whilst maintaining an enticing level of freshness across the palate. Layered, youthful and persistent, this is a classically composed wine.

Chateaubriand with shallots, field mushrooms and fresh thyme

10 - 15 years from vintage

Cool spring, early summer, warm & dry finish. Excellent.

23.9

41 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 45% new

2014

61% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc

Darkest red. Brooding aromatically with blackcurrant, blackberry, dried red rose and cedar notes emerging. The wine exerts elegance across the palate with a pure red /black fruit core drawn long by layers of fine grained tannins.

Rich beef

10-15 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent.

24 average

48 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 42% new barrel

2013

62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Dark garnet colour. Beautifully lifted and complex aromas of spiced red fruits, crushed autumn leaves and sandalwood. Classically composed on the palate with fruit richness given length by balanced acidity and fine dusty tannins. Finishes elegant, dry and long.

Rich beef

15-20 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent.

23.4 average

48 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 42% new barrel

2011

60% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Dark garnet colour. Lifted aromatics of dark berries, cassis, cocoa and wooden spices. Rich sweet fruit and hints of caramel are surrounded by firm fine tannins which provide elegance and great length on the palate.

Rich beef

10-15 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer

23.7 average

45 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 37% new barrel

2010

63% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Dark garnet core colour. Spicy notes of cinnamon and freshly roasted espresso beans combine with oak and herb notes of cedar and thyme to overlay a ripe blackcurrant base aroma. The palate exudes elegance via a balance of fine layered tannin and mid palate fruit presence. This wine has a soft texture on a mid weight frame, yet has immense length.

Beef

10-15 years from vintage

Cool, dry autumn, very good.

23.1 average

43 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 44% new barrel

2009

65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Opaque core flanked by a magenta rim. Black doris plum, blackcurrant, dried rosemary, cocoa dust and a hint of vanilla vie for attention. Brooding and ripe. The palate is layered with fine dusty tannins providing the structure for the ample flavour and length. Exceptional balance between fruit richness, tannic backbone and acidity is immaculate.

Rare beef fillet

10+ years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding

24 average

40 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 45% new barrel

2008

89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc

Dark garnet coloured core with vivid crimson hues. Unctuous blackberry fruit is sprinkled with dried herb notes of wild thyme and rosemary plus a hint of vanilla. Layers of dusty fine tannin provide a savoury impression to match the currant flavours and long spicy finish.

Rare beef fillet

15 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good.

24.1 average

48 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques

2007

81% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec

Dark garnet coloured core with vivid crimson hues. Aromas of violets, cedar, darkest plum and subtle vanilla meld for a complex bouquet. The palate possesses layers of fine tannin polished by unctuous fruit character and incredible length.

Rare beef fillet

10-15 years from vintage

Long, dry, yet cool

24.1 average

43 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2006

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec

An opaque core colour with vivid crimson hues. Aromas of blackberry, plum and thyme mingle with characters of cedar, sandalwood and tobacco. On the palate, these complex characters are laced with layers of silky tannin, providing structure and flavour persistence. The textural and aromatic elements are seamless, framed by balanced acidity.

Beef fillet

10-15 years from vintage

Very warm

23.9 average

51 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 60% new barrel

2005

62% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet colour with an evident ruby hue. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry and plum mingle with characters of cedar, sandalwood and tobacco. On the palate these same characters are laced with layers of firm tannin providing a taut structure. The wine is powerful and intense, yet seamless and framed with bright acidity.

Beef

15-20 years from vintage

Classic red vintage in all aspects.

24.2 - 25 average

62 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 80% new barrel

2004

92% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Opaque purple with a cherry flush in colour. Intensely aromatic nose of plum, ripe cherries and currants spiced with liquorice, mocha and sandalwood notes. These flavours awash the mouth, the wine is full and lush, complemented by new leather and bitter chocolate characters. The structure is long and seamless with a fine tannin structure.

Juicy beef and lamb dishes

10+ years from vintage

Cool, dry and sunny.

24.3 average

49 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 70% new barrel

2003

Intense, brooding, deep black colour, almost opaque. Concentrated, complex aromas of black plums, spices, tobacco, coffee and violets that in their youth are tightly held. The palate is densely structured, with concentrated flavours that reflect the nose adding a further hint of sweet fruit and chocolate notes with fantastic fine fruit and oak tannins to finish.

Beef

10+ years from vintage

23.5 - 24.8 average

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 70% new barrel

2002

63% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec

Intense brooding, deep black cherry colours, almost opaque. Concentrated, complex aromas of black plums, cassis, liquorice, root spices, tobacco, coffee and violets that in their youth are tightly held. The palate is densely structured, with concentrated flavours that reflect the nose adding a further hint of sweet blueberry pie and bitter chocolate notes with fantastic fine fruits and oak tannins to finish.

Beef

10-15 years from vintage

23.5 average

35 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 100% new barrel

2001

61% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense in colour, almost opaque. The nose is of musky black fruit and lifted floral notes. Rich and luscious ripe plum, sweet berry and spice characters typical of Merlot are enhanced by the juiciness of Cabernet Franc. The wine is mouth-filling, rich and powerful. Tannins are fine and ripe, the structure is long and the finish lingering.

Beef

10+ years from vintage

24.2 average

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

Hawke's Bay

39° 35' 57.2"S

176° 44' 5.6"E

In 1876, great floods swept through Hawke's Bay. When they subsided, the Ngaruroro River had changed its course and a vista of gravel was left behind in a warm, sun-filled valley, greened lightly with spring rain. On the right bank of this old river is a collection of different soil mixes, stone and mineral rich, ideal for growing Syrah, Bordeaux-style reds and Chardonnay.