Unison Vineyard – Ownership from 2009

Although Philip and Terry Horn took ownership of the Unison Vineyard in Hawke's Bay in February 2008, making the wines of that vintage with Bruce Helliwell, they feel that the 2009s reflect their ownership properly. A number of changes have been made to expand the range and marketability of the label, as well as a tighter definition of the core range of reds, and these will be reflected in the ensuing wines, starting with the 2009s. (Click here to read more in my article on Philip visiting Wellington in June.) Philip gives much credit to the advice of the very experienced Jenny Dobson in the winemaking, and it seems she is very sensitive to the individuality that Philip and Terry bestow on the Unison Vineyard operation. All recognise the special attributes of the 6 ha site in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels. The 2009 reds are auspicious markers for the Horns, as the vintage is an outstanding one for the Gimblett Gravels, and the Unison wines reflect it with their richness and amplitude. www.unisonvineyard.co.nz

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