Gillman Vineyard 2016

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GILL201610 UCNZ
  • A limited edition Bordeaux blend from Matakana.
  • 5/5, Michael Cooper
  • The finish is long and satisfying, overlaying very soft tannins that will allow the wine to mature and evolve gracefully.
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    $97.99
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  • Michael Cooper
    5 points

Editors notes

A limited edition Bordeaux blend from Matakana, made in the style of the great wines of Pomerol and St Emilion. Medium-full bodied, with rich, ripe dark fruit flavours & savoury spices. The finish is long and satisfying, overlaying very soft tannins that will allow the wine to mature and evolve gracefully.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Michael Cooper

    5
    "Fleshy, savoury and full-coloured, the 2016 is a classy young red, likely to be long-lived, with deep blackcurrant/spice flavours, leathery notes adding complexity, good tannin support, and a very harmonious finish."

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Locations

New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Auckland

The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them winemaking traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.

Matakana

Located just over an hour north of Auckland is the small Matakana Coast Wine Country region. Located between Puhoi and Pakiri, Matakana is as famous for its beaches as it is for its wine, making it a very popular tourist destination.

The vineyards sprawl over slopes, which assist with drainage of the clay soils. Initial plantings were predominantly red grapes but white wines are now earning a reputation for excellence, with Chardonnay and Pinot Gris doing exceptionally well. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir produce consistently outstanding wines.

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About the brand Gillman Vineyard

Gillman Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Matakana on the beautiful North Island of New Zealand. Offering New Zealand’s finest red wines with a premium, hand-made blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec in the style of the great chateaux of Bordeaux.

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