2010 Wine Show Results

December

GIMBLETT GRAVELS dominate Air NZ full bodied red trophies

Wines from the GIMBLETT GRAVELS swept all the trophies for the fuller bodied red wine categories at the Air New Zealand wine awards gala dinner last night.

4 trophies, to wines from 3 different vintages, concluded another successful show season for GIMBLETT GRAVELS.

The trophy winners are as follows:

Travelex Champion Merlot
Church Road Cuve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2007

Stuff.co.nz Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend
Left Field Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec 2009

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Squawking Magpie “The Stoned Crow” GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2008

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Other Red Styles
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2008

For a full list of results, visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz.


11 November

Air New Zealand Wine Awards results

Eleven gold (and pure gold) medals have been awarded to GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines, as follows:

Merlot
Church Road Cuve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2007
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2008 (Pure Gold)

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends based on Merlot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon
Coopers Creek SV GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007
Left Field (Te Awa) Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec 2009
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2007

Syrah
Esk Valley Winemakers Hawkes Bay Syrah 2007
Squawking Magpie “The Stoned Crow” GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008

Other Red Varieties, Unspecified or Blended Reds
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Tempranillo 2008

Dessert Wine Styles
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Noble Viognier 2009

For a full list of results, visit http://www.airnzwineawards.co.nz/. Trophy winners will be announced at the awards dinner on the 20th November.


27 October

Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards 2010 results

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines dominated the fuller bodied reds categories in the 10th anniversary wine awards, securing 3 of the 4 trophies available.

Chardonnay also performed favourably, securing 2 gold medals in the main category, with a further gold for the Squawking Magpie 2006 Chardonnay in the Museum Class for aged wines.

The trophy and gold medal winning wines are listed below:

Merlot Class
Church Road Cuve Merlot 2008 – Trophy

Red Blends – Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant Class
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2008 – Trophy
Coopers Creek SV GIMBLETT GRAVELS Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007

Red Blends – Merlot Dominant Class
Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red Merlot Malbec 2008 – Trophy
Church Road Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Chardonnay Class
Babich Irongate Chardonnay 2007
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Chardonnay 2008

Museum Class
Squawking Magpie GIMBLETT GRAVELS Chardonnay 2006


21 September

GIMBLETT GRAVELS helps NZ to Tri-Nations victory

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines fully played their part in securing a famous victory for New Zealand over Australia and South Africa in the 2010 Tri-Nations wine competition.

2 trophies, 1 double gold and 10 gold medals, won in 5 different wine categories, helped New Zealand beat Australia by just 2 points; only the second time New Zealand has won the overall competition.

Leading the way were trophy wins in the, highly prized, Syrah/Shiraz and Bordeaux Blends categories by Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007 and Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007, respectively. A total of 7 gold medals were won in these two classes.

Villa Maria also won double gold for their Reserve Merlot 2007 in the Merlot class. Showing strength in depth, gold medals were also secured in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Other White Varieties and White Blends classes.

The full list of award winners is detailed below:

Syrah/Shiraz Class
Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007 – Trophy & Gold
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2007 – Gold
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah 2008 – Gold

Bordeaux Blends Class
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007 – Trophy & Gold
Blake Family Vineyard Redd Gravels 2007 – Gold
Craggy Range The Quarry 2007 – Gold
Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2007 – Gold

Merlot Class
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2007 – Double Gold
Craggy Range GIMBLETT GRAVELS Vineyard Merlot 2008 – Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon Class
John Forrest Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – Gold

Other White Varieties and White Blends Class
Craggy Range GIMBLETT GRAVELS Vineyard Viognier 2009 – Gold


31 August

Romeo Bragato – best Trophy haul ever!

6 GIMBLETT GRAVELS red wines landed 4 trophies and 6 gold medals at the 2010 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards announced last weekend; the most successful haul from these awards in GIMBLETT GRAVELS’ short history.

Leading the charge was Vidal Wines Reserve Syrah 2007, securing 3 trophies, comprising Reserve Champion Wine of Show, Champion Syrah and Champion Sustainability Wine. Mills Reef’s Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 won the Champion Cabernet Sauvignon trophy.

The Romeo Bragato Awards are unique in that they acknowledge the success of the growers/vineyard managers. The GIMBLETT GRAVELS results are detailed below with the full results available at www.wineshow.co.nz.

Trophies

Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007 ( Phil Holden, Omahu Vineyard) 
Reserve Champion Wine, Champion Syrah, Champion Sustainability Wine;

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Paul McEvoy, Trust Vineyard)
Champion Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medals

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2007 (Paul McEvoy, Trust Vineyard)
Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007 ( Phil Holden, Omahu Vineyard)
Vidal GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2008

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Paul McEvoy, Trust Vineyard)
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007- Phil Holden


Gold medals – Liquorland International Wine Competition – 2010

4 GIMBLETT GRAVELS red wines secured Gold Medals at the above show, formerly known as the Liquorland Top 100 competition.

The award winning wines were as follows:

Merlot Class
Te Awa Left Field Merlot 2007

Shiraz/Syrah Class
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah 2007
Squawking Magpie The Stoned Crow Syrah 2008
Vidal Wines Reserve Syrah 2006

Trophy results are to be anounced in June.

For further information, visit www.wineshow.co.nz.


IWC Gold for John Forrest Collection Syrah

The 2006 vintage John Forrest Collection Syrah, from the Newton Forrest GIMBLETT GRAVELS vineyard, has just secured the auspicious accolade of a Gold Medal at the 2010 International Wine Challenge.

This result reinforces the Gold Medal won in the 2009 Tri-Nations Wine Challenge, together with the rave reviews from leading wine critics such as Huon Hooke and Bob Campbell MW:

“From Hawkes Bay’s famous GIMBLETT GRAVELS, this is a cool-climate shiraz with lots of black pepper and spice aromas. Medium-bodied, soft and finely balanced, it has smooth, gentle tannins. Good now but should keep for 10 years. 93/100”. Tasting was by Huon Hooke

“Dense yet elegant syrah with a range of flavours from floral to dark berry and from chocolate to black olive, plus a seasoning of cracked black pepper. Fruit is supported by firm yet sweet, ripe fruit tannins and classy oak that, while clearly evident, allows varietal flavours to occupy centre stage. Quite youthful wine that shows plenty of cellaring potential. Made from grapes grown in the GIMBLETT GRAVELS area of Hawkes Bay”. Gourmet Traveller NZ Syrah Tasting, June 2009 – 97 Points, 5 Stars.

“Dense yet elegant Syrah with a range of flavours from floral to dark berry and from chocolate to black olive plus a seasoning of cracked black pepper. Fruit is supported by firm yet sweet, ripe fruit tannins and classy oak that, while clearly evident, allows varietal flavours to occupy centre-stage. Quite youthful wine that shows plenty of cellaring potential. Made from grapes grown in the GIMBLETT GRAVELS area of Hawke’s Bay.” Bob Campbell, April 2009 95 Points, 5 Stars.


Villa Maria Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards

The results of the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards have just been announced, with Villa Maria’s Reserve Merlot 2008 – from the GIMBLETT GRAVELS – securing a prized Gold award.

For further results, visit www.decanter.com.


Sydney International Top 100 2010

5 GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines achieved the distinction of a Blue Gold medal with 4 of the wines also ranked in the Top 100 wines of show.

Winners were:

Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2007 – Blue Gold & Top 100
Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2007 – Blue Gold & Top 100
Trinity Hill Tempranillo 2008 – Blue Gold & Top 100
Wild Rock Angels Dust Reserve Syrah 2007 – Blue Gold & Top 100
Trinity Hill Montepulciano 2009 – Blue Gold

The following wines were Highly Commended:

Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2007
Trinity Hill Noble Viognier 2008


Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

3 trophies and 12 gold medals have been awarded to GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines.

Trophies were awarded to:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Predominant Class
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

Merlot Class
Church Road Cuvee Merlot 2007

Syrah Class
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2007

Gold Medals were awarded to:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Predominant Class
Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Te Awa Cabernet Merlot 2007
Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2007
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

Merlot Class
Church Road Cuve Merlot 2007
Te Awa Left Field Merlot 2007
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2007

Syrah Class
Esk Valley Winemakers GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2007
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2007
Vidal Reserve Syrah 2006
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah 2008

Chardonnay Class
Squawking Magpie GIMBLETT GRAVELS Chardonnay 2007