Merlot

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Merlot

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

Our Gimblett Gravels Merlot is carefully selected from parcels of merlot in our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The warm, gravelly soils are perfect for the production of Merlot and the moderate heat allows the wine to retain freshness and structure without showing over-ripe characters.

$35.95

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.

$35.95

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.

Our Gimblett Gravels Merlot is carefully selected from parcels of merlot in our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The warm, gravelly soils are perfect for the production of Merlot and the moderate heat allows the wine to retain freshness and structure without showing over-ripe characters.

Elegantly poised

Elegantly poised

Our Gimblett Gravels Merlot is carefully selected from parcels of Merlot in our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The warm, gravelly soils are perfect for the production of Merlot and the moderate heat allows the wine to retain freshness and structure without showing over-ripe characters.

About

90 Points

"Fresh, vivid and grippy with a bit of spiciness and hints of pepper."

Jamie Goode

January 2017

2015

Deep garnet with youthful rim. Quintessential Merlot aromatics of dark plum along with dark rose and the faintest hint of dried pine needles. Classically structured palate with a core of ripe red fruits integrated with fine dusty tannins for an elegant long finish.

Rich red meat dishes

Up to 5 to 15 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent.

24.1 average

53 hl/ha average

45%

100%

Closed top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques

2014

Deep garnet with youthful purple hue. Complex and varietal aromatic array of black doris plum, ripe cherry, wooden spices and finely toasted oak. Seductive and luscious on approach the wine has a pure fruit core with fine dusty tannins finishing long and dry.

Rich red meat dishes

5-12 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent.

23.5 average

59 hl/ha

30%

100%

Closed top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques, 27% new barrel

2013

Dark garnet with vibrant purple hues. Seductive aromas of ripe plus, cassis, nutmeg, tobacco and sandalwood reflects beautifully ripe Merlot. The palate is at first rich and full bodied and then finishes with wonderful graphite-like tannins, fine acidity and a long tapering dry finish.

Rich red meat dishes

Up to 15 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent.

24 average

68 hl/ha

20%

100%

Closed top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques, 21% new barrel

2011

Vibrant dense colour. Lovely aromatics of damson plum, fig and violets. The palate is complex and finishes with a real elegance. Red fruits linger whilst lovely fine grained tannin provides impressive palate length.

Rich red meat dishes

Up to 10 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer

22.4 average

60 hl/ha

30%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 20% new barrel

2010

The first hint is of wild thyme, dried sage and star anise which then opens up to the base notes of dark plum and spicy currants. Paradoxically the medium weight palate is energetic and silken, with the focus firmly on fruit purity. These characters persist on the lithe, balanced and layered palate and finish on the aromatic high notes of spice and herbs.

Lamb

7-10 years from vintage

Cool and dry.

23 average

60 hl/ha

30%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 28%

2009

Very dark colour. A brooding bouquet of dark plums and blackberry. Wild thyme, rose-like florals and nutmeg nuances contribute to a lifted complexity. The silken texture unveils an intense fruit core with characters of cocoa and fresh tobacco. This wine is very rich, yet tempered by balanced tannins and fresh acidity.

Lamb

Up to 10 years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding.

23.6 average

53 hl/ha

35%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 35% new barrel

2008

Very dark colour. Aromas of dust, cedar, violets and dark cherry fruit combine for a complex bouquet. The palate is structurally firm, but also awash with pure black fruits of plum and boysenberry. This wine is full bodied, but still tightly wound in youthful structure.

Beef fillet

7 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good.

23.8 average

45 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 46% new barrel

2007

Dark garnet core with youthful crimson hues. A bouquet of dark plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Layers of soft, silky tannin combine with dollops of ripe fruit flavours and a hint of oak derived mocha character to form a luscious and long palate.

Rich red meat dishes

10 years from vintage

Warm, dry and excellent.

24.1 average

64 hl/ha

75%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 31% new barrel

2006

Dark garnet colour with a bright rim. A profusion of dark plum, blackcurrant, liquorice, thyme and cinnamon burst on the bouquet. Luscious ripe fruit flavours are layered with soft, silky tannin and meld with sweet mocha notes derived from new oak barrels, leaving a powerful, smooth finish.

Rich red meat dishes

10 years from vintage

Warm, very good.

23.8 average

63 hl/ha

75%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 45% new barrel

2005

Deep garnet colour with a purple hue. Redolent aromas of ripe plum and raspberry with cedar and vanilla notes. Fine soft tannin belies the palate’s weight, the wine is soft and full with bright acids giving an overall impression of power and persistence. Spice and complexity is gained via the Cabernet Franc portion of the blend.

Beef

10 years from vintage

Classic red vintage in all aspects.

24.2 average

69 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2004

Deep ruby in colour, with a crimson blush. The wine has heady aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate. The exquisite combination of sweet fruit framed with savoury oak and toast is matched on the palate by layers of fine tannin providing a taut yet mouth filling texture.

Strong flavoured red meat dishes

7-10 years from vintage

Cool, sunny and dry.

22.4 - 24.1 average

60 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel and French oak tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2003

In its youth the wine is a dense black/purple in colour, almost opaque. Aromas of dark berry fruits, spice, chocolate and coffee are all present. The palate is rich, concentrated and full with similar flavours and a lovely balanced structure with ample very fine-grained tannins.

Strong flavoured red meat dishes

7-10 years from vintage

22.5 - 24.4 average

30 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2002

Deep ruby in colour, with a crimson blush. The wine has heady aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate. The exquisite combination of sweet fruit framed with savoury oak and toast is matched on the palate by layers of fine tannin providing a taut yet mouth filling texture.

Strong flavoured red meat dishes

7-10 years from vintage

Cool, sunny and dry.

22.4 - 24.1 average

60 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel and French oak tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 50% new barrel

2001

Deep ruby in colour, with a crimson blush. The wine has heady aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate. The exquisite combination of sweet fruit framed with savoury oak and toast is matched on the palate by layers of fine tannin providing a taut yet mouth filling texture.

Red meat dishes

7-10 years from vintage

24.5 average

20 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 65% 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.