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2015 vintage wines “very high quality”

2015 vintage wines “very high quality”

GIMBLETT GRAVELS® 2015 Annual Vintage Selection revealed

“Very high quality” was Master of Wine Andrew Caillard’s description of the top twelve GIMBLETT GRAVELS® red wines chosen to showcase the 2015 vintage. Following the selection tasting Andrew praised the winemakers, noting that “as a body of work, I think the 2015s are a lovely bunch of wines”.

The eighth year of this initiative from the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, the Annual Vintage Selection (AVS) serves as a unique snapshot of a single vintage and helps to chart the evolution of GIMBLETT GRAVELS® wines on a vintage by vintage basis.

Highly respected and internationally recognised Sydney based Master of Wine Andrew Caillard, has been the selector for all eight vintages, 2008-2015.

Andrew commented that “Gimblett Gravels Syrah should evoke the purity of site but also possess complexity and richness to achieve longevity”, noting that “exceptional” examples of Syrah he tasted “really do show the potential of this variety in the GIMBLETT GRAVELS WINE GROWING DISTRICT®”.

The diversity of style shown in the Cabernet blends was also applauded, with Andrew describing the best as having“clear varietal expression, underpinned by a soupcon of new oak and maturation character”.

Chairman of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, Gordon Russell commented “this year’s 2015 Vintage Selection reinforces the theme that GIMBLETT GRAVELS® wines showcase a distinctive sense of place, and are crafted by a group of skilled and passionate producers. It’s a place that produces unique wines of world class quality”.

The 2015 Annual Vintage Selection will comprise the following wines (in alphabetical order):

Blended reds (Merlot or Cabernet dominant):

Babich The Patriarch

Babich Irongate

Mission Estate Reserve Cabernet Merlot

Sacred Hill Brokenstone

Stonecroft Cabernet Sauvignon

Te Awa Single Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot


Craggy Range Le Sol

Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Sacred Hill Deerstalkers

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Vidal Reserve Syrah

A very limited number of 2015 Annual Vintage Selection packs will shortly be sent out to key wine media and influencers around the world for their review.

For the first time, a small quantity of Annual Vintage Selection sets will be available for purchase in New Zealand.Presented in a specially designed wooden box, this collector’s case comprises a bottle of the dozen wines selected for the 2015 Annual Vintage Selection


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