Craggy Range

Sophia Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0110 ratings
9.037 pro ratings
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Scott Taddeo

Explodes from the glass with black olive, black currant, huckleberry, plums, tobacco leaf, blueberry jam, liquorice, cedar, vanilla and hoi sin sauce. Powerful wine with ample tannin and acid with intense finish and flavour intensity.

Explodes from the glass with black olive, black currant, huckleberry, plums, tobacco leaf, blueberry jam, liquorice, cedar, vanilla and hoi sin sauce. Powerful wine with ample tannin and acid with intense finish and flavour intensity.

Apr 16th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Bordeaux blend from a quality Hawke's Bay producer. Good time to open a 2010 but it still has another 5-10 years of good life ahead. Nose of blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries and strawberries...they are in a preserves style, dry fresh & dry florals with black licorice. The fruits on the nose match the palate and are ruby ripe. Touch of black tea, black licorice, soft baking spices; cinnamon & vanilla, soft understated leather, rich turned black earth, dry stones, fresh violets, lavender & nice mellow acidity. The structure, length, balance and tension have developed nicely in the bottle. The long finish is fresh, lush, rich fruits with light earthiness. It would warrant a higher score if it had a little more complexity. Still an enjoyable wine. @ Mangapapa with a real Picasso in the photo.

Bordeaux blend from a quality Hawke's Bay producer. Good time to open a 2010 but it still has another 5-10 years of good life ahead. Nose of blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries and strawberries...they are in a preserves style, dry fresh & dry florals with black licorice. The fruits on the nose match the palate and are ruby ripe. Touch of black tea, black licorice, soft baking spices; cinnamon & vanilla, soft understated leather, rich turned black earth, dry stones, fresh violets, lavender & nice mellow acidity. The structure, length, balance and tension have developed nicely in the bottle. The long finish is fresh, lush, rich fruits with light earthiness. It would warrant a higher score if it had a little more complexity. Still an enjoyable wine. @ Mangapapa with a real Picasso in the photo.

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2017
Alexandre Rougeot

Founder/Director Clos Cachet

8.9

Great complexity, young, needs at least 4 to 5 years aging. Subtle fresh fruit, not explosive, the mouthfill is structured, delivering great lenght

Great complexity, young, needs at least 4 to 5 years aging. Subtle fresh fruit, not explosive, the mouthfill is structured, delivering great lenght

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

On the nose, soft, bright, ripe slightly candid fruits of; black cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, dark cherries, light dark earth with fresh & dry dark florals. On the palate, big rich mouthfeel, M+ tannins, black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, leather, dry underbrush, tarry notes, powdery of crushed rocks with a nice, fresh, even, balanced finish with round acidity. Photos of the range and barrel room.

On the nose, soft, bright, ripe slightly candid fruits of; black cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, dark cherries, light dark earth with fresh & dry dark florals. On the palate, big rich mouthfeel, M+ tannins, black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, leather, dry underbrush, tarry notes, powdery of crushed rocks with a nice, fresh, even, balanced finish with round acidity. Photos of the range and barrel room.

Apr 28th, 2017
Richard Jennings

Appealing, aromatic, savory, tart blackberry, menthol, clove nose; tight, delicious, tart black currant, tart berry, light clove palate with good balance; could use 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Appealing, aromatic, savory, tart blackberry, menthol, clove nose; tight, delicious, tart black currant, tart berry, light clove palate with good balance; could use 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Feb 24th, 2017
Rafael Landestoy

This was quite nice. Big wine. Never had anything from this producer but would love to try some more of their wines.

This was quite nice. Big wine. Never had anything from this producer but would love to try some more of their wines.

Oct 16th, 2016
Dimitri Fedotov, C.S.

Sommelier Osteria 177

8.8

Classy, trim and sporty. If you are looking for spice, tannins and a structural roller coaster you won't find it. Yet, what a classy puritanical beauty!!

Classy, trim and sporty. If you are looking for spice, tannins and a structural roller coaster you won't find it. Yet, what a classy puritanical beauty!!

Sep 17th, 2016
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.3

Rich, full and complex and not unlike a top Washington State red Bordeaux blend.

Rich, full and complex and not unlike a top Washington State red Bordeaux blend.

Mar 8th, 2016
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend. Deep, spice infused red fruit, mocha, building in concentration with time, with firm tannins.

Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend. Deep, spice infused red fruit, mocha, building in concentration with time, with firm tannins.

Feb 23rd, 2016
Julieluvswine

2009. Developing nicely. Drink now

2009. Developing nicely. Drink now

Aug 21st, 2015