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Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2020

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: 30th March

Bottling Detail

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

TA: 5.9 g/L

pH: 3.89

RS: 0.39 g/L

Bottled in July 2021

Winemaking & Viticulture

The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing region is a small area in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand defined by its unique stony soil type. The 2019/2020 growing season was warm and dry, perfect conditions to produce deliciously ripe and rich Tempranillo.

Hand-harvested grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed and transferred to a stainless steel closed-top fermenter. Once fermentation was underway the cap was pumped over once daily to aid optimum colour and tannin extraction. Upon completion of fermentation the wine was macerated on skins for an extended period to improve the texture and complexity of the tannins and soften and stabilise the wine. Following this maceration period, the wine was drained off the skins and transferred to a combination of new (58%) and one-year-old French, and two-year-old American, 225-litre barriques for 14 months maturation before being bottled.

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 2031.

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