The Quarry

2011 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

The Quarry

2011 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

Predominately made from Cabernet Sauvignon, it is deeply coloured, ripe fruited and classically structured.

Predominately made from Cabernet Sauvignon, it is deeply coloured, ripe fruited and classically structured.

Powerfully expressive

Powerfully expressive

The Quarry is about providence. This wine exists simply because of the tenacity of a small group of local vignerons who saved the Gimblett Gravels from becoming a gravel quarry.

About

5 Stars

"Deeply coloured, with concentrated blackcurrants, herb and nut flavours, strongly seasoned with oak, it is slightly less striking than the notably classy, rich 2009 but still very youthful and well worth cellaring to 2016 onwards."

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper wine Reviews

July 2013

2011

Dark garnet colour. An intense and complex bouquet of cassis, blackberries, black plums and dried tobacco. Firm yet elegant tannins frame the black fruited core with lovely fresh acidity providing length and finesse to the finish.

Rich red meat dishes

10-15 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña summer.

22.9 average

40 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2009

Dark garnet core with a crimsom rim. Blackberry, briar, crushed autumn leaf, cedar and savoury oak meld for a complex bouquet. This is highly structured wine, where the layers of ripe tannin are enveloped by fleshy fruit flavour. This wine’s generosity extends to a seamless and long finish.

Vension

20+ years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding.

23.2 average

32 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2008

Dark red core with vivid crimson hues. Blackcurrant, wild thyme, crushed autumn leaf and a dusting of cocoa powder provide aromatic intensity and complexity. The highly focused fruit and sheer purity is given substance via layers of fine, dusty tannin. Harmonious and long.

Rare beef

15 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good.

23.6 average

37 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 59% new barrel

2007

Opaque core colour with vibrant crimson rim. Aromatically cassis, thyme, oyster shell, vanilla and tobacco abound. The palate is polished yet has depth and breadth of layered tannin, which provides the framework for the rich fruit to persist on the palate.

Rare beef

15+ years from vintage

Long and dry, yet cool.

24.4 average

37 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 64% new barrel

2006

Opaque core colour with vibrant crimson rim. Aromas of cassis, scorched earth, vanilla and tobacco abound. The palate is savoury and intense with graphite-like tannins providing depth of fruit flavour, structure and complexity. The overall impression is one of layered power and length of flavour.

Rare beef

20+ years from vintage

Very warm.

24.7 average

40 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 84% new barrel

2005

Densely coloured with vibrant purple hues. Intense aromas of prune, blackberry and liquorice abound, boosted by floral elements of thyme, lavender and white pepper. The palate is incredibly rich with fine, silky tannins that provide a lush, sensuous texture. The finish is refined and polished, deep and smooth.

Red meats, game dishes

Up to 20 years from vintage

Classic red vintage in all aspects.

24.1 average

50 hl/ha

100%

100%

Open top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 71% new barrel

2004

Deep ruby in colour with a purple hue. Intoxicating aromas of blackcurrants, dusty ripe plums and savoury notes of tobacco and cedar meld exotically together. Sweet ripe fruit flavours are enhanced by notes of coffee, cigar and violets, framed by strong yet perfectly ripe tannin, indicating perfect balance and years of cellaring potential.

Red meats, game dishes.

10+ years from vintage

Cool, dry and sunny.

24.3 average

37 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 100% new barrel

2002

Intense vibrant, deep black/purple colours, almost opaque. Aromas of blackcurrants, ripe black plums hot stones and hints of aromatic cigar box and floral notes. The palate is intense and complex with currant and blueberry flavours. Coffee, dried herbs, mocha and fine leather notes add complexity.

Red meats, game dishes

10+ years from vintage

23.7 average

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 100% new barrel

2001

The colour is dark and brooding, almost opaque. Strong blackcurrant and ripe plum aromas dominate the nose, supported by fine cedar notes. The palate is intense and long, powerful tannins have mellowed and allow beautiful cassis and berry flavours to flow smoothly, enhanced by toast, smoky oak and wood spice nuances. Powerful yet stylish, a very sophisticated wine.

Red meats, game dishes

10+ years from vintage

24.2 average

100%

100%

Closed top French oak cuves

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 70% new barrel

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.