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www.gimblettgravels.com 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 soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which were exposed after a huge flood in the 1860's. The Gimblett Gravels district is warmer during the day in summer and autumn, compared with most other areas in Hawke's Bay. The evenings are also warmer because of thermal conductivity in the stony soils. The extra summer and autumn heat and the contribution from our soils puts the terroir of Gimblett Gravels alongside some of the world's famous producers of red wine from the Bordeaux varieties. Only vineyards in the geographical area with 95% of their land in the gravely soils are eligible to become members of Gimblett Gravels. Wines bearing the Gimblett Gravels brand must be 95% from the district. Random internal audits are undertaken to protect the Gimblett Gravels integrity. Wines produced in the Gimblett Gravels district target the ultra-premium market in New Zealand and markets in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, and Canada. The Gimblett Gravels logo appears on bottles with members' brands. – Description from timbw

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