Gillman Matakana 2008

The Gillman red wines from Matakana, less than an hour’s drive from Auckland, are extremely limited in production and availability. Toby Gillman tends 0.6 ha of vines on the family’s site on Sharp Road. Even though the Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec vines are close-planted at a density of over 6,000 vines per ha, the amount made annually is around only 150 dozen. However, the wines are worth seeking out, as Toby has aspirations of making wine that can stand tall among the top Right Bank wines of Bordeaux, having worked at Chateau Angelus in the late 1990s. Right from his first vintage of 2002, the wines have been on the mark, and have received high acclaim from critics and consumers. In November 2012 I reviewed the 2005-2007 vintages, which I rated all at 5-stars. Here, I review the new 2008 release, from a season that "gave near-perfect growing conditions” according to Toby. He rates it as one of the finest vintages of the decade.


  • Gillman Matakana 2008

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