2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

5 Stars Michael Cooper
2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot
5 Stars Michael Cooper

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A classic Gimblett Gravels red from a great vintage! In May 2017 in Shanghai a group of Hawkes Bay wineries set up a Bordeaux/Hawkes Bay comparative tasting attended by 40 invited key wine professionals. The 3 Bordeaux wines, all from the 2013 vintage, were Ch. Haut Brion ( $500 ) Ch. Lynch-Bages ( $150 ) and ch Clinet ( $120 ) The number 1 wine in the blind tasting was 2013 Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. The thinking wasn't to have a competition but was more to show people the Hawkes Bay style in a market that loves Bordeaux. Obviously HB offers incredible value and whilst the wines are different, stylistically they aren't that far apart depending on how you approach the growing and making. This wine will age easily for 15+ years. HB 13 and 14 reds a must have in anyone's cellar for the future and without question will only increase in value.

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$61.99 in mixed 6+ or $68.99 per bottle



80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot

What The Critics Say

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Retasted in mid 2017, the graceful, still-youthful 2013 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80 per cent) and Merlot (20 per cent), matured for 19 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, with a savoury, nutty complexity and strong, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours that build across the palate to a smooth, lasting finish. An elegant, very ageworthy red, it should be at its best 2020+."

19.5/20 Raymond Chan

"Very dark, even black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is well-proportioned with beautifully ripe aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit along with black plums, cassis and aromatic, pencilly oak. The fruit is vibrant and still youthfully primary in expression, but balanced and harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and lusciously ripe with sweet fruit flavours of blackcurrants, blackberries, cassis and black plums, along with sweet and spicy oak notes which enrich the vibrant fruit. The palate is elegantly concentrated with a fine firmness, with powdery tannin extraction along with enlivening acidity. This flows with good energy and vitality to a concentrated and long, lingering finish. This is a beautifully elegant, concentrated and rich, vibrant Cabernet/Merlot blend with blackcurrant, blackberry, cassis and plum fruit on a fresh, lively, very fine-textured palate. It remains youthful in expression. Match with roast lamb and beef over the next 9-10+ years. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot from the ‘Anthony Vidal’ and ‘Omahu Gravels’ vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 19 months in 50% new French oak barriques. 525 cases made. 19.5-/20"

98/100 Sam Kim

"An extraordinary wine from an exceptional vintage, the gloriously expressed bouquet shows cassis, dark plum, blueberry compote and floral aromas with nuances of game, cedar and thyme. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, delivering waves of delicious flavours and fine texture, wonderfully framed by fine, chalky tannins. The wine offers awesome fruit purity and intensity, and is perfectly proportioned and structured, finishing extremely long and engaging. 2013 Legacy is a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot. At its best: 2019 to 2033."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


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