Gimblett Gravels Wine Established in January 2001, Gimblett Gravels is a brand owned by an association of New Zealand wineries and winegrowers in the Hawkes Bay region of the eastern North Island. Gimblett Gravels combines the French concept of terroir with modern day thinking to define, protect and market wine. In what is believed to be a first for winegrowers in the New World - wine growing countries outside Europe - Gimblett Gravels is basing the ultimate designation of their district according to a tightly specified soil type. The very special gravely soils and unique climatic conditions - together with the expertise of our winemakers - are key elements to producing high quality wines in the Gimblett Gravels district. The district, which includes the internationally acclaimed Gimblett Road, has been building a reputation for producing high quality red wines from 'Bordeaux' red varieties and Syrah. The Gimblett Gravels appellation, covering 800ha, is strictly determined by the gravely Read more »

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • Church Road Red Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Chebrown

  • Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay 2005


    Fantastic wine from one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Craggy Range only produces single vineyard wines which is unique for New Zealand. I love everything they produce. Read More

    Wine review by Kelly Boyle

  • Mills Reef Syrah Gimblett Gravels Reserve 2004


    See Tim Preston (Mills Reef) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#20): Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW

  • Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Amedeo Vaccani

  • Villa Maria Cabernet-Merlot Reserve Gimblett Gravels 2007


    A bit flat-smelling with carob and wood toast notes over dusty fruit. In the mouth this is a bit matte and quite tannic, with nice purity to the black currant fruit that has a bit of a hard edge to it. The finish is a bit austere if long, with a slow-to-emerge sweet edge to the black fruit. This may very well just need more time in the bottle. 8... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Villa Maria Syrah Reserve 2007


    Sweet and herbal on the nose with notes of coconuty oak complementing fairly intense minty chocolate tones. On the palate this is fresh and crisp with bright plum-skin fruit upfront followed by rich blueberry fruits. This is fairly simple but delivers an attractively pure and rich core of fruit. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trinity Hill Red Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels 2007


    Slightly herbal on the nose, with a hint of arugula up front followed by tense black current fruit gently framed by notes of Toblerone. Finely balanced in the mouth, with herbal and floral notes on entry that are joined by mineral-tinged black fruits on the mid-palate. This is tense through the moderately long finish, which shows a touch of wood... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Craggy Range Syrah le Sol 2007


    Hard on the nose with complex layered aromas of violet pastille, dried beef, pressed flowers and white pepper. Nicely ripe in the mouth with a really precise feel. This is quite perfumed in the mouth and, while the texture is pleasantly rigid, the fruit is quite expressive and elegant. Clean and fresh with red plums, pepper and spice flavors on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay 2005


    Mineral and black currant greet the nose, followed by notes of sweet violets, cocoa, and burnt sugar oak spice. On the palate this is very ripe and rich, with a core of dense cassis fruit. While large-scaled, the balance here is very fine, with tannins that are slightly austere yet remain mostly shielded by the fruits density, giving this a cris... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trinity Hill Syrah Hawkes Bay Homage 2007


    This is complex, with a slightly unusual array or aromas that range from distinct black pepper and smoked meats to peach nectar, dried plums, flowers, and a rusty mineral tone. Rich and broad in the mouth, with good balance and surprising transparency for a wine of this size. The mid-palate tightens up, with firm tannins supporting bittersweet r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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