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William Murdoch - Gimblett Gravels The Guardsman 2011 William Murdoch - Gimblett Gravels The Guardsman 2011

William Murdoch - Gimblett Gravels The Guardsman 2011

Smooth Velvety Flavours With Power and Presence

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Varietal:Red Blend

Varietal Blend:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:12%

Region:Hawkes Bay

Country:New Zealand

Tasting Notes

The 2011 Guardsman has a typical Cabernet Sauvignon nose with black currant and cedar notes. It has a depth and fine texture and a natural sweetness accompanied with fine tannins. Complex and enticing aromatics of sweet red fruit, baked earth and crushed red rose. Bright flavours of mixed red and black berries with touches of nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon highlight the palate along with an intriguing subtle smoky note. The tannins are approachable and very elegant, carrying the flavour and structure well on the finish. Given its serious, fine structural tannins, the wine delights with a feel of satin in the mouth.

Technical Info

Brand:William Murdoch


Organic Certification:BioGro NZ - 5144

Country of Origin:New Zealand

Serving Temperature:16-18°C

Drink By:2031

Winemaking Style:Traditional


Winemaking:The grapes were destemmed. Fermentation was with wild yeast from the vineyard. The wine spent sometime macerating on its skins to achieve balance and was then pressed using a traditional basket press. During the winter and spring the wine components developed in oak barrels before being blended and then returned to oak barrels to mature until balanced and ready to bottle. The wine was lightly fined with organic egg whites.

Viticulture:Gimblett Gravels region is known for producing high-quality wines that are complex and flavorful, thanks to the unique terroir and warm climate of the area.

Food Pairing:Lamb Chops With Rosemary, Filet Mignon With Bordelaise Sauce, Coq Au Vin, Beef Wellington, Grilled Ribeye Steak, Duck Confit, Ratatouille, Beef Bourguignon, Périgord Truffle Dishes, Dark Chocolate Tart.

Taste Profile


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William Murdoch

The William Murdoch team is dedicated to crafting distinctive handmade organic wines that embody unique character and quality. Their wines reflect the terroir of Gimblett Gravels, known for low-yield vineyards producing intensely flavorful fruit. They specialize in elegant yet powerful red wines. Inspired by William Murdoch, who served as a Coldstream regiment guardsman in the 1890s, their ethos revolves around integrity, harmony, and authenticity. His values and the family motto, "Omine Secundo" (under favourable omen), led Brett Murdoch to establish the brand in his honour. Gimblett Gravels’ free-draining soil and temperate climate facilitate Bordeaux-style grapes, producing full-flavoured, premium wines.

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