Coopers Creek SV
Limeworks Chardonnay 2014
From the Middle Road vineyard on the
limestone slopes just south of Hastings. Consistently good over the past few
vintages, this 2014 steps it up a notch offering golden fruits and plenty of
buttery, spicy flavours. Very, very approachable now.
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2014
The first commercially
available release under this label for a few years. Much tighter, subtle and
more minerally than the Coopers Creek with great energy.
Trinity Hill winemaker, Warren Gibson's own
label. From the lower slopes of the La Collina vineyard. This is a big, ballsy
Chardonnay with plenty going on. Hand crafted with the free run juice naturally
fermented in French oak. Savoury, gunsmoke characters sit alongside the ripe
Chardonnay fruit. A really interesting wine, full of character.
Villa Maria Reserve
The Hawkes Bay Reserve is from a selection of
their vineyards - around the Gimblett Gravels, red metals Waikahu and Keltern.
Typically Villa Maria in style, this is smooth and complete with just enough
wine-making influences to make it interesting.
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2013
Powerfully refined is how I'd
sum up this wine. A brilliant Chardonnay. You can find a spectrum of flavours -
grapefruit, hazelnut, buttered toast, smoke. Hawkes Bay Chardonnay doesn't come
much better than this.
Esk Valley Gimblett
Gravels Merlot/Cab/Malbec 2013
Trophy winner at the ANZWA for
Champion Merlot dominant red. Dense, yet soft with plummy Merlot fruit backed by
a hint of Cabernets ripe cassis and a plush leathery
Metals & Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
This was the Trophy
winner at the Easter Show. 78% Gimblett Gravels Merlot and 22% Red Metals
Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2013
Lithe and aromatic. The aromas hint
at florals and plum whilst the palate is medium bodied with the plum, spice,
liquorice, fruit-cake flavours filling the palate. Generous and
Pask Small Batch
Gimblett Gravels Cabernet 2013
Part of Pask's 'experimental'
range. This is made from a special parcel of older vines in the vineyard. It is
relatively rare to see 100% Cabernet from Hawkes Bay as it needs a vintage like
2013 to hold its own. This wine reminds me of a top quality Margaret River
Cabernet. Dense and dark with ripe Cassis underpinned by earthy, meaty
Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2013
is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot
and is a sumptuous velvety textured wine that hides its impressive power with
ease. Like the Chardonnay, this is an exemplar for Hawkes Bay Bordeuax