William Murdoch – Gimblett Gravels Guard

Earlier this year, in March, I had the opportunity of visiting the 13.15 ha organically managed Murdoch Wines vineyard in Gimblett Road. (View my report by clicking here.) Planted in 1999 to the Bordeaux varietals and Syrah, the vineyard was acquired by Brett Murdoch who supplied contract fruit until 2009 when he made his own first wines with the guidance of Bruce Helliwell, then Jenny Dobson. The young and passionate Bragato Scholarship winner Hayden Penny has come on board as manager and winemaker since, and with Jenny Dobson, has taken on the hands-on work. Brett's family has been connected with the Coldstream Guards regiment of the British Army and the branding refers to his grandfather William Murdoch, a guardsman. The finished 2009 and yet-to-be bottled 2010 wines spoke of the Gimblett Gravels to me, and shared a vineyard and/or house style. The 2009 wines are about to be released and are reviewed here. They are very powerful in their structure and reflect the quality of the vintage. Contact Hayden Penny on Tel: 06 879-4333 for availability.

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