Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from exceptional Hawkes Bay sites, focused on the Gimblett Gravels District for red wines and the Riverview District for Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when of exceptional quality. Our winemaking team share the philosophy of a hands-on, no expense spared approach to produce these fine award winning wines. The range is limited to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds.

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Tasting Notes

This opulent Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dark brooding presence, exudes distinctive blackcurrant character, laced with aniseed and mocha. Silky smooth tannins and ageing in quality oak contribute poise, structure and length. A distinguished wine, it is eminently enjoyable now or to greatly reward cellaring.

Wine Review

"Surprisingly soft and accessible cabernet sauvignon with typical cassis, blackcurrant, cedar, cigar box and black olive flavours, plus a generous influence of spicy oak. Drink 2019 to 2024"

Bob Campbell

"Fragrant, fresh and full-bodied, this elegant red was hand-picked from mature, 21-year-old vines in the company’s Mere Road Vineyard. Likely to be at its best from 2021 onwards, it has strong, vibrant, ripe-ripened blackcurrant and plum flavours, spicy and nutty characters adding complexity, and obvious potential for cellaring."


Vineyards and Winemaking

This distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon is made from ultra-premium grapes grown on twenty-one year old vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, located in the celebrated stony Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay.

The grapes were handpicked at ideal physiological ripeness and balance on 22nd and 29th April 2016 at 22.4° Brix. The fruit was destemmed, retaining whole berries which were cold-soaked for 24-hours. Sixty-one percent was allowed wild fermentation, the balance inoculated with selected yeast. The cap was plunged twice daily throughout ferment, until dry.

The wine was macerated on its skins for a further 14 days, then pressed to barrel and aged for 17 months in quality oak - 90% French, 10% American oak, 48% being new wood, with one gentle aerated racking. The wine was egg white fined, followed by a pad filtration prior to bottling under screwcap on 23rd November 2017.

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