Gillman Vineyard 2009 magnum
$315.00 inc. GST
VERY RARE LARGE FORMAT RELEASE – ONLY 28 PRODUCED!
5 stars – Raymond Chan
93/100 – Robert Parker
95/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93/100 – Cameron Douglas MS, Decanter Magazine
“Medium garnet in color with a touch of brick, the 2009 Proprietary Red (Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec) has a very promising, mature nose of dried mulberries, kirsch and blackberry tart with nuances of incense, sandalwood, dried herbs, leather, espresso and chocolate box. The elegant palate has aged beautifully into savory and spice notes plus a good wallop of mid-palate fruit, supported by velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with many layers.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“This blend has clear Bordeaux-esque leanings. It’s quite earthy, soft, fragrant and enticing, boasting dark plum, dried herbs, blackberry, leather and baking spices. The dusty tannins and medium acidity are integrating well.” – Cameron Douglas MS
“The fruit is encased by fine, powdery tannins, and the mouthfeel has grip and structure, growing to show plenty of robust presence. Lacy acidity enlivens the palate and carries the black fruits and cedary oak to a very long and sustained, concentrated and textured finish. This is a tightly concentrated, sweet, black-fruited Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend with underlying textured grip and structure. Match with grilled and roasted lamb, beef and venison, as well as hard cheeses over the next 10+ years.” – Raymond Chan
Tasting Notes: 70% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 2% Malbec. The 2009 vintage is a great example of why temperate climates like that of New Zealand produce the finest wines, with complexity, natural balance, and the structure to age. Youthful deep purple; thick, viscous legs. Beautiful fruit-driven nose of cassis and black cherries, overlaid with a touch of mint and black pepper. Fresh acid at first, then revealing a deep core of black fruit, still tight at this stage. Soft, warm finish with fine-grained tannins.
Varietal: Bordeaux blend
Region: Matakana, New Zealand