Gillman Vineyard

Gillman Vineyard Matakana 2007 14%
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec
Violets, back and red fruits, dreamy oak and packed with complexity; as the wine begins to open up there is a power house of complexity and sophisticated charm driving the bouquet; The palate is equally exciting with a masculine edge and big shoulders to the Cabernet softened by the velvet elegance of the Merlot; plenty of tannin, plenty of acidity; a long Bordeaux-esque like finesse and finish. Well made and still ageing well.
5 Stars (91 points)

Gillman Vineyard Matakana 2008 14%
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec
With similar attributes on the nose to the 2007 - this example has a much softer fruits bouquet and a much bigger bolder oak signature - more feminine overall in nature. The palate does reflect these attributes with a more oak centred grouping of tannins underpinned by well managed fruit; medium+ acidity and length, a charming wine overall with slightly more food oriented drive (Cheese).
4.5 Stars

Gillman Vineyard Matakana 2012 13% Rose
Cabernet Franc and Merlot - slightly unfiltered appearance deep salmon onion skin appearance
Smokey with soft red fruits of wild strawberry and wild red fruits tea; there is plenty of character and personality with this wine;  enough lees and barrel work to add a notable amount of complexity both in terms of flavor and texture; a longish finish, medium+ (ish) acidity, balanced and well made. Not a wine for everyone who is partial to rose, but easily restaurant grade and plenty to work with when it come to food.
4 Stars