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Gimblett Gravels 2015 Annual Vintage Selection Announced


This is the eighth year that the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association has released their Annual Vintage Selection. The selections from the start have been made independently by Andrew Caillard MW of Sydney, who tastes through submissions for the selection to come up with his top one dozen picks.

The 2015 Annual Vintage Selection is broken down into two categories, these being ‘Blended Reds’ (which are Merlot or Cabernet dominant), and Syrah. It is fascinating to see how many of each category is selected, as it gives an indication of the relative success of the varieties. This 2015 vintage selection has seven Blended Reds and five Syrahs. They are:

Blended reds (Merlot or Cabernet dominant)
Babich The Patriarch
Babich Irongate
Mission Estate Reserve Cabernet Merlot
Sacred Hill Brokenstone
Stonecroft Cabernet Sauvignon
Te Awa Single Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Craggy Range Le Sol
Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Syrah
Sacred Hill Deerstalkers
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah
Vidal Reserve Syrah

For interest, here are the numbers of each category selected previously:
2008: 5 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 7 Syrah
2009: 8 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 4 Syrah
2010: 9 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 3 Syrah
2011: 8 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 4 Syrah
2012: 5 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 7 Syrah
2013: 7 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 5 Syrah
2014: 5 Bordeaux/Blended Reds, 7 Syrah

2015 is the third consecutive outstanding vintage in the Gimblett Gravels and Hawke’s Bay in generaL. Of the 2015s, Andrew Caillard pronounced the wine of "very high quality” and "as a body of work, I think the 2015s are a lovely bunch of wines” and that the exceptional examples of Gimblett Gravels Syrah "really do show the potential of this variety” in the district. The diversity of the Cabernet blends was also applauded by Caillard.

A limited number of Annual Vintage Selection sets are sent out to critics and writers around the world for their enlightenment and enjoyment. I’ve been lucky to have received these (click here to see my reviews of the 2014s, and click here to see my reviews of the 2013s). For the first time, the Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection will be made available to the public. They can be purchased as a one-dozen lot in a collector’s wooden case at These are offered as an ‘en primeur’ release, and will be delivered in August this year (in New Zealand only). The cost of the selection is $795.00 incl. GST

The members of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association are: Babich, Beach House, Coopers Creek, Craggy Range, Crossroads, Crown Range Cellar, Element, Esk Valley, Ka Tahi, Mills Reef, Mission, Newton Forrest, Pask, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair, Squawking Magpie, Stonecroft, Te Awa, Trinity Hill, Unison, Vidal, Villa Maria and William Murdoch as producers. Grower members are: M. Cairns & A. Wright Partnership, Riverstone Vineyards and Terra Vitae Vineyards.
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