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Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2007

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Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2007

Gimblett Gravels
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51% Merlot
17% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Petit Verdot
11% Cabernet Franc
9% Malbec

Hand-picked fruit was gently destemmed without crushing into closed top tanks for fermentation. Each variety and vineyard was harvested and vinified separately. Pumping over with controlled aeration took place over the fermentation period to extract colour and tannin as gently as possible. A post-fermentation maceration of the wine with the skins took place for a further three weeks or so to soften the texture and structure of the tannins. Daily tasting determined the optimum time to press the skins. The whole vinification process was tailored to make the tannins accessible. After a brief settling period to clarify the wine, it was put into small oak barrels, predominantly French, of which approximately 35 % were new. Regular racking followed to help clarify the wines. After some 18 months in barrel, the individual components were assessed and blended.

Tasting Note
2007 was an excellent vintage in Hawkes Bay, one of the strongest of the decade. A temperate summer was followed by a superb and dry Indian summer with generally average temperatures. This blessing allowed us to hang the fruit out until it was perfectly ripe, still retaining the typical varietal characters of the grapes. The 5 traditional varieties of Bordeaux, as grown in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay, have produced a wine of power, elegance and complexity. The beautiful rich red colour and the black fruits aromas and flavours are complimented by a mouth-filling structure and a fine-grained texture. This is a fine wine for aging, 5-10 years, but is also quite approachable in its youth.

Serving Suggestion
Great for drinking with red meats and game, including duck.

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