Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

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Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Hawkes Bay

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 this wine. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in open-top oak vessels. The wine is matured in oak barrels before bottling.

93 Points

Tasting Panel

2016 vintage
93 Points


2016 vintage
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tasting note

The earth, fruits and florals all get expression here—scorched earth, dark plum, and herbs combine for an incredibly intense and complex bouquet. The palate is multilayered, with dry tannins, good acidic structure and integrated oak notes.

food pairing

This wine pairs best with wild game dishes.

points of distinction

  • Like southern Rhône vineyards, Gimblett Gravels is covered by stones that absorb the day's heat to radiate it at night, promoting exceptional ripeness.
  • Shows alluring, Rhône-style aromas and flavors of blue and black fruits, exotic spices and black pepper.
  • Red wines from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard have a rich, ripe and elegant style, and fine tannins.
  • Le Sol is Wine Advocate’s highest scoring New Zealand wine and its only New Zealand wine to be rated over 95 points.
  • 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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