2007 Wine Show Results

2007 has proven to be one of the most successful years on record for GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines – not least, taking Best of Show trophies in all the leading domestic show competitions with Syrah.

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines won, domestically and internationally:

19 Trophies
47 Gold Medals


Air NZ Wine Awards

Air New Zealand Champion Wine of Show went to Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2006; also winning the Champion Syrah Trophy. Esk Valley Reserve Syrah 2006 won the Champion Exhibition Red Wine Trophy.

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Merlot Class
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends Class
Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2005

Syrah Class
Beach House Syrah 2006
Esk Valley Reserve Syrah 2006
John Forrest Collection GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2005
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2006
Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Syrah Viognier 2006


Hawkes Bay Wine Awards

Champion Wine of Show went to Vidal Wines Reserve Syrah 2005; also winning the Champion Syrah trophy.

Additional trophies were awarded to:

Merlot Trophy – Wild Rock Wine Company Merlot 2005
Red Blends – Merlot Dominant Trophy – Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS ‘The Gimblett’ 2005
Other Premium Red Varietals & Blends Trophy – Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Montepulciano 2006.

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Merlot Class
Wild Rock Wine Company Merlot 2005
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot 2006

Red Blends – Merlot Dominant Class
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS ‘The Gimblett’ 2005
Esk Valley Reserve Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red Merlot/Malbec 2006

Syrah Class
Vidal Reserve Syrah 2005
Esk Valley Black Label Syrah 2005

Other Premium Red Varietals & Blends Class
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Montepulciano 2006
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Tempranillo 2006


Romeo Bragato

Champion Classical Red Wine and Tom McDonald Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Mills Reef Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2006 (Grower Member, Clive Kerrison).

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Chardonnay Class
Balthazar Estate Chardonnay 2005 (John Lockie)

Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Sauvignon Predominant Blends Class
Mills Reef Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2006 (Preston Group Ltd)
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2005 (Bob Newton)

Merlot/Merlot Predominant Blends Class
Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot 2005 (Preston Group Ltd)
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Twyford Gravels Merlot 2004 (Phil Holden)

Syrah Class
Wild Rock Wine Company The Underarm Syrah 2006 (Simon Radburnd)


NZ International Wine Show

Champion Viognier Trophy was awarded to Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2006.

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Chardonnay Class
Squawking Magpie GIMBLETT GRAVELS Chardonnay 2005

Viognier Class
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2006.

Sweet Wine Class
Matariki Late Harvest Riesling 2006

Merlot Class
Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


Liquorland Top 100

Champion Red Wine of Show went to Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2006; winning also the Shiraz/Syrah Trophy. The Merlot class trophy was also won by Vidal Wines Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2004.

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Merlot Class
Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Thornbury Merlot 2005
Vidal Wines Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2002.
Vidal Wines Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Shiraz/Syrah Class
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2006
Wild Rock Wine Company The Underarm Syrah 2006


Royal Easter Show

Champion Wine of Show went to Esk Valley Reserve Syrah 2005; also winning the Champion Syrah Trophy and the Winemaker of the Year Trophy for Gordon Russell.

Trophies were also awarded to:

Champion Viognier – Vidal Wines Viognier 2006
Champion Other Varieties – Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Tempranillo 2005

Gold medals were also won by the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Viognier Class
Vidal Wines Viognier 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Predominant Blends Class
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2005
Squawking Magpie The Nest Merlot Cabernet 2005
Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Syrah Class
Esk Valley Reserve Syrah 2005
Unison Syrah 2005
Vidal Soler Syrah 2004
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah 2005

Other Reds Class
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Tempranillo 2005


Tri-Nations Wine Challenge

A unique competition between NZ, Australia and South Africa where wines are entered by judges’ invitation only.

Champion Wine of Show and Champion Red Wine was awarded to Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2005.

Class Winner in the Other Red Varieties category went to Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Tempranillo 2006.

Runner-up in the Merlot Class was Craggy Range Te Kahu Merlot 2005


Sydney International Wine Competition

Prestigious Blue/Gold medals were awarded to:

Lighter Bodied Dry Red Wines Class
Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2005
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Tempranillo 2005 (also rated in Top 100 wines)

Medium Bodied Dry Red Wines Class
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2004 ((also rated in Top 100 wines)