Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2016
Savoury dry earth and an expressive
complexity greet the nose upon its first smell of this wine. The aromatics than evolve into violets, ripe dark cherry and medieval spice upon second approach and as the wine opens up and breathes. The palate is rich and earthy with distinctly dusty tannins. The tannins are firm but the wine remains vibrant and not too heavy resulting in a fresh finish.
It is succulent and plump on the palate, showing excellent fruit intensity and smooth texture, brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins, providing a firm finish.
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 91 points
Hawke’s Bay lies on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The region enjoys dry summers with moderate, cool nights. This wine reflects a single vineyard Malbec which was grown on the famous Gimblett Gravels™ appellation. The Gimblett Gravels™ is demarked by specific soils laid bare from the constantly shifting Ngaruroro River over millions of years. The river’s last shift in 1867 left these amazing rocky soils, which combined with the slightly inland Heretaunga Plains’ weather, and classic viticulture techniques created a uniquely expressive Malbec.
This wine comes from a 100% sustainably certified vineyard that was one of the earlier plantings in the Gimblett Gravels™ in the 1990s. We are very proud to be working with such pristine and storied vines.
The grapes are all hand picked and then de-stemmed at the winery into small fermentation vats. The grapes are then cold soaked for 5 days and then gently warmed to allow for a indigenous yeast fermentation. Malic acids are evaluated at the winery and then an inoculated Malolactic bacteria is used to achieve secondary fermentation on skins, often completing during the 3 to 4 week post maceration. The wine is then gently pressed to tank to allow for settling of additional large solids, then racked to barrel for 12-15 months. Rarely do we use any fining agents, however in 2014 we did use organic egg white (sourced locally) fining as we found it the most effective and natural way to achieve what we were aiming to do. In successive vintages of the Gimblett Gravels™ Malbec we have not used any fining agents.