Two Bordeaux-style reds from New Zealand


As regular readers know, I’m a bit taken by New Zealand’s top reds at the moment. Here are two more good-uns, both from the wonderful Gimblett Gravels terroir.

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2006 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
14% alcohol. Sweet, fresh plum and blackberry fruit nose with a gravelly, tarry edge. The palate shows sweet, fresh dark fruits with a savoury, spicy, tarry edge and a hint of vanilla. The key to this wine is the vibrant fruit, and it finishes nicely savoury, making it food friendly. 91/100 (£16.99 Waitrose, nzhouseofwine.co.uk)

Craggy Range Te Kahu 2005 Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Deep coloured, this has an aromatic nose of savoury blackcurrant fruit with some spice, earth and gravel notes. The palate combines ripe dark fruits with firm, gravelly tannins and some chocolate and tar notes. This is a lovely interface of the old and new worlds with a bit more old than new. Delicious. 92/100 (£17 Marks & Spencer)

2 comments to Two Bordeaux-style reds from New Zealand

  • Tim Carlisle

    Love Te Kahu – waiting to give Man O’War a try – Kieron visited with Tim A and they loved them so we’re buying a little bit of everything to see how they are.

  • Mark Underwood

    The Te Kahu is actually avaialable for £12 from M&S, not £17. Have to say it’s not a patch on the Villa Maria Reserve Pinots I’ve been drinking lately. A bit over tannic; perhaps will improve with age.

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