Gillman Vineyard 2011

$85.00 inc. GST

5 stars – Raymond Chan
91/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
93/100 – John Gilman

“The flavours are harmoniously integrated, but the palate has presence and weight. The fruit is supported by elegant, fine-grained extraction and grip. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good tension to a moderately sustained finish. This is an elegant, fragrant Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend with harmonious savoury secondary development and complexity with a finely structured, lively palate.” – Raymond Chan

“A blend of 74% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot and 3% Malbec from the unlikely region of Matakana (north of Auckland), the 2011 Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec features maturing notes of cigar box and pipe tobacco. It’s medium-bodied, earthy and complex, with supple, silky tannins and a lingering, savory finish. With fewer than 200 cases produced, there isn’t very much of this wine (the current release) to go around, but if you want to know how Bordeaux-like the New World can get, Gillman is worth checking out.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Toby Gillman’s 2011 vintage of Matakana is starting to drink beautifully and is quite open on the nose and quite approachable on the palate, albeit, still with some suave tannin and the potential to continue to grow with further bottle age. The bouquet is outstanding, jumping from the glass in a blend of sweet dark berries, black cherries, menthol, cigar wrapper, a fine base of soil and a judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a lovely, sappy core of black fruit, very good soil signature, suave tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and complex finish. This is really, really good wine! 2019-2040+” – John Gilman, View from the Cellar #79, February 2019

Tasting Notes: 74% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 3% Malbec. Dark ruby colour with bright notes, good legs. Classic Cabernet characters of black fruits, including boysenberry and plum on the nose. A hint of menthol and cigar box. Crisp acidity, black fruits again on the palate, with some warm spice notes. The wine is medium to full bodied, with some drying tannins still at this stage. Persistent finish. A fresh, aromatic style of wine that will develop extremely well with further bottle age.

Alcohol: 13.6%

Varietal: Bordeaux blend

Region: Matakana, New Zealand

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