2005 Wine Show Results

NZ Winemaker Of The Year Goes To GIMBLETT GRAVELS Member Second Year Running

Trinity Hill has had a fantastically successful 2005 year, with 5 Trophies, 18 Golds or equivalents (5 star ratings), 35 Silvers or equivalents (4 and 41/2 stars) and 41 Bronzes or equivalents (3 star ratings) in New Zealand and International wine shows and magazines.

This has been capped off with the awarding of New Zealand Winemaker of the Year on behalf of Trinity Hill, to Warren Gibson, in Australian magazine Winestate over the weekend in Melbourne. Trinity Hill was also nominated as New Zealand Winery of the Year. These follow up the Australasian Merlot of the Year last year.

Last year’s winners were Tim & Paddy Preston of Mills Reef Winery.


Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2005

GIMBLETT GRAVELS Scoops 3 More Trophies!

The following wines secured Best of Class Trophies at the Royal Easter Show Awards night on Saturday 12 March:

Champion Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Predominant Blend
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2002

Champion Merlot/Merlot Predominant Blend
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2002

Champion Syrah
Trinity Hill Shepherds Croft Shiraz 2003

Special mention must also go to Alastair Maling MW of Villa Maria for being judged Winemaker of the Year.

16 GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines received Gold Medals

The following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines have just been announced as Gold medal winners at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards.

Merlot Predominant Blends
Capricorn Wine Estate Red Rock Gravel Pit Red 2003
Esk Valley Reserve Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Squawking Magpie The Nest Merlot Cabernet 2002
Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2002
Vidal Reserve Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2002

Cabernet Predominant Blends
CJ Pask Reserve Declaration 2002
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2002
Sacred Hill Helmsman Cabernet Merlot 2002
Vidal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2002

Syrah
Babich Winemakers Reserve Syrah 2002
Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2002
Trinity Hill Shepherds Croft Shiraz 2003

White Varietals
Matariki Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Viognier 2004


The New Zealand International Wine Show 2005 – Trophy Winners

Congratulations to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines for receiving trophies at the awards night on 16th September:

Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Viognier 2005 – Hoop Labels Trophy for Champion Viognier

Esk Valley Reserve Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 – Vintage Wines & Spirits Trophy for Champion Merlot

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Malbec 2002 – Federal GEO Trophy for Champion Red Wine – Other Varietals.

A new wine competition, but the same strong showing from GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines.

Results announced 9th September 2005 confirm Gold Medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Esk Valley Reserve Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Viognier 2005
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2002
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2002
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Malbec 2002


Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards

Red Wines Trophy Clean Sweep For GIMBLETT GRAVELS

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines created an unprecedented clean sweep of all 8 Gold medals and 5 Trophies to be awarded in the various red wine categories.

Sacred Hill’s Wine Thief Syrah 2004 was also judged Champion of Champions wine, winning its winemaker, Tony Bish, a second successive title as Champion Winemaker.

Results were as follows:

Cabernet Sauvignon Class
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 – Gold and Trophy

Merlot Class
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2002– Gold & Trophy
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot 2002 – Gold

Bordeaux Blends Class
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2002 – Gold & Trophy
Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 – Gold
Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 – Gold

Syrah Class
Sacred Hill Wine Thief Syrah 2004 – Gold & Trophy

Premium Red Varietals Class
Villa Maria Omahu Vineyard Malbec 2002 – Gold & Trophy

(Posted 19 October 2005)


Air NZ Wine Awards 2005

More Trophies For Gimblett Gravels

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines secured 6 of the 7 available Red/Rose trophies, together with the Reserve Wine of Show, a Syrah produced by Unison Vineyard.

Results are as follows:

Bell Gully Reserve Wine of Show Trophy
Unison Vineyard Ltd Syrah 2004

Hort Research Champion Rose or Blush Trophy
Esk Valley Estate Black Label Merlot/Malbec Rose 2005

Huka Lodge Champion Merlot Trophy
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2002

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Merlot Predominant Blend Trophy
Capricorn Wines Red Rock Gravel Pit Red 2004

Carter & Associates Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Predominant Blend Trophy
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2002

Business World Travel Champion Syrah Trophy
Unison Vineyard Ltd Syrah 2004

Sunday Star Times Champion Open Red Trophy
Capricorn Wines Red Rock Gravel Pit Red 2004

(Posted 14 November 2005)


Sydney International Wine Competition 2005

GIMBLETT GRAVELS White Wines Feature In Top 100 Selection

GIMBLETT GRAVELS ability to produce quality white wines was further underpinned by the success of Trinity Hill and Babich Wines at the recent Sydney International Wine Competition. Out of over 2000 entries, judges select the Top 100 wines overall, with the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS whites being selected:

Babich Winemakers Reserve Gewurztraminer 2003

Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Viognier 2004

The Trinity Hill Viognier was also judged equal runner up in the Best Medium Bodied Dry White Wine Category.