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Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2019

The wine shows attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruits along with spicy and exotic complexity. The palate is rich and textural with salivating soft tannins. Licorice, chocolate and sarsaparilla flavours linger on the finish. This wine will age extremely well for at least five years but equally can be drunk in its youth.



Region: Hawke's Bay, NZ

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Vineyards: Estate owned Gimblett Stones and Gimblett Estate

Varietal Mix

100% Tempranillo

Harvest Detail

Picked: 28th March and 7th April 2019

Bottling Detail

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

TA: 4.70 g/L

pH: 4.22

RS: 0.26 g/L

Bottled in November 2020

Winemaking & Viticulture

The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing region is a small area in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, defined by its unique stony soil type. 2019 was a warm, dry season, ideal conditions for grape growing.

Hand-harvested grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed to open top fermenters. When fermentation was underway the cap was plunged daily. At the completion of fermentation the wine was given an extended period on skins to assist with the texture and complexity of the tannins. After this maceration period the wine was drained and pressed to oak, some new French together with older French and American barriques, for maturation for 17 months.

The Wine

Tempranillo is a red grape variety grown in many parts of Spain. It is best known in the production of the famous wines of Rioja.

It is also found in Portugal under the synonym Tinta Roriz where it is one of the main grape varieties of Port and Douro dry red wine styles.

The wine shows attractive brambly, blackberry fruits with spicy, exotic complexity. The palate is rich with liquorice, chocolate and vanilla, textural with gentle tannins. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth but it will age well for at least ten years. Red meat or pork would be an ideal match as well as traditional Tapas-style dishes.

Drink 2021 to 2030

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