Vidal Legacy Wines

Legacy Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

— 2009 —

From the renowned Gimblett Gravels, this Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend reflects the exceptional 2009 growing season. Delightfully perfumed, this wine shows a textured core of deep, dark fruit purity with underlying spice. Well balanced, it has great length and will evolve beautifully over time.

$65.00 ea

Buy 6: $55.25 ea

Trophy (Champion Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot) & Gold - Easter Show Wine Awards 2013 (NZ)
Trophy (Champion Classical Red Wine) & Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2011 (NZ)
Gold – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012 (NZ)
5 Stars – Winestate Magazine, September/October 2012 (Aus)
5 Stars - Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

Pressing Destemmed and crushed: 100%
Cap management: Combination of hand plunging and pumping over
Fermentation vessels: Open and closed top fermenters
Fermentation temperature: 30-34 ̊C
Time on skins: 20-30 days
Maturation: 20 months in French barrique; 50% new
Fining: Minimal egg white
Filtration: Minimal
Bottled: 2 April 2011
Cellaring Potential 10+ years

Varieties: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.65
Total acidity: 6.6gL
Residual sugar: Nil
Barcode: 9414416002151


Fruit for this wine was grown entirely in the Gimblett Gravels grape growing district where the soil is made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel with varying degrees of silt and sand. These naturally free-draining, low vigour, lean sites combined with meticulous vineyard management and the long, warm growing season of 2009 have produced a wine of international standard showing intensity, texture and depth of flavour.

“…developing attractively into the cedary quality so desired in the best Medocs, and Pauillac noticeably.  Flavours reflect the bouquet, lots of cassis … the merlot sustaining the palate well. This is sophisticated wine, and an attractive example of a Hawkes Bay blend”

June 2014, Geoff Kelly – 19 pts 5 stars