Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

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Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Grapes: 100% Syrah

Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’s stony soils keep the growth and cropping of the old clone Syrah vines in check and provide warmth in the autumn, both critical factors in developing the enormous character and presence of the wine. The grapes were hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in open-top oak vessels and stainless steel tanks. The wine spent 18 months maturing in 35% new French oak barrels.

96 Points


2011 vintage
92+ Points


2011 vintage
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harvest note

Growing season was slightly soggy, with warm temperatures and more humidity than normal, but extra work in the vineyards helped save the vintage. The North Island, including Hawkes Bay, received plenty of rain and humidity, so vineyard work focused on proper spacing of bunches and managing vegetation. Yields were average at harvest. Thus far, the 2011s are clean and intense; earlier picking resulted in lower alcohol. The short growing season has created intensely flavoured Syrahs that are distinctly peppery, pure fruited and with lovely fine tannin. Not overly concentrated or powerful, the 2011 wines show great precision, minerality and tension: an overall “European” complexity.

tasting note

This deeply dark purple hued wine has aromas of sweet blackberries with subtle hints of bark, cocoa and freshly cracked black pepper. On the palate, an elegant core of black fruits is layered with dusty, dry tannin and refreshing acidity.

food pairing

This wine pairs best with wild game dishes.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Syrah
PH: 3.68
ACIDITY: 5.50 g/L
ABV: 13.0%
AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% new.

  • about the grape +
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I am fortunate to lead an extraordinary group of people who want to be part of creating something truly magnificent that successive generations can admire and enjoy for years to come. I love our great estates and feel a strong connection to their complexities and subtleties.

– Julian Grounds, Winemaker

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