Gillman Matakana 2010

The Gillman Vineyard was established by Toby Gillman after a stage at Chateau Angelus in the late 1990s, on family land in Matakana with free-draining iron-rich volcanic clay soil. With 0.6 ha close-planted at a density of over 6,000 vines per hectare, to 63% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot and 3% Malbec, Toby made his first wine with the 2002 vintage. His aim is to have wines which can stand alongside the top Right Bank wines of Bordeaux, and to date, each of his releases has received high acclaim. Here, I review the new 2010 vintage, the growing season deemed "fantastic”, and "probably the best in the region since 1993”. The crop levels were half that of normal, with very small, intensely flavoured berries grown through a fine and hot summer, and sunny, warm autumn. To me, the wine shows the complex savoury and earthy flavours shared by many that come from the "Far North”.


  • Gillman Matakana 2010

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