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GIMBLETT GRAVELS® 2014 Annual Vintage Selection revealed

2014 vintage wines “outstanding”

GIMBLETT GRAVELS® 2014 Annual Vintage Selection revealed

“Outstanding” was Master of Wine Andrew Caillard’s description of the GIMBLETT GRAVELS® red wines submitted to represent the 2014 vintage. On concluding the selection tasting Andrew applauded the producers, commenting that he tasted “many wonderful and exemplary wines…that have the aromatic complexity, substance and mineral length to develop in the cellar”.

The 2014 Annual Vintage Selection is the seventh year of this initiative from the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association (GGWA). It serves as a unique snapshot of a single vintage and helps long term to chart the evolution of GIMBLETT GRAVELS® wines on a vintage by vintage basis.

Based in Sydney, the highly capable, and respected palate of Andrew Caillard MW has been the selector for all seven vintages, 2008-2014, inclusive. This year he was joined by esteemed Australian wine writer and commentator Mike Bennie, who praised the winemakers for delivering wines of such high standard with “power and concentration of fruit with clear carriage of regional personality”.

While all varieties performed well, Andrew made particular reference to the Syrah, describing it as “the star performer. The wines had lovely peppery fragrance or pure fruit aromatics, attractive density, impact and structural backbone. GIMBLETT GRAVELS® Syrah is clearly an emerging classic style”.

Chairman of the GGWA, Gordon Russell commented “I have to agree with Andrew that the 2014 vintage wines are “outstanding”. This has been very satisfying for our members, especially following the remarkable quality of the 2013 vintage, and is testament to our special terroir, along with the skill and dedication of our members. A record 51 wines were submitted for selection and we thank Andrew for his willingness and professionalism to pick just 12 to tell the story of our 2014 vintage”.

The 2014 Annual Vintage Selection will comprise the following wines (in alphabetical order):

Blended reds (Merlot or Cabernet dominant):

Craggy Range Sophia
Mission Estate Jewelstone Antoine
Squawking Magpie SQM Cabernets Merlot
Trinity Hill The Gimblett
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot

Syrah:

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah
Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah
Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Syrah
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah
Vidal Reserve Syrah
William Murdoch Syrah

A very limited number of 2014 Annual Vintage Selection packs will shortly be sent out to key wine media and influencers around the world for their review.

ENDS

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