Every once in a while you come across some spectacular wine. In this case, I was totally bowled over by three 2013 Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay reds that come from Squawking Magpie. Gavin Yortt’s the proprietor, and he was a pioneering grapegrower in the Gravels, o knows the properties of the district and the soils. He has Jenny Dobson as his winemaker, who is one of the great winemakers and consultants in Hawke’s Bay, operating out of the Sacred Hill facilities.
A little while ago, I came across the Squawking Magpie ‘SQM’ reds from 2013. They were very special, and quite spectacular in their own right. I mistakenly though these were the best from Gavin in what he describes as a perfect vintage. But I was wrong, as he has the Squawking Magpie ‘Platinum’ series of 2013 Gimblett Gravels Reds up his sleeve, and he’s just announced they are available. There are only 300 bottles of each of a ‘Merlot’ with some Cabernet in the blend, a ‘Cabernets’ with some Malbec in the blend, and a 100% Syrah.
These are simply stunning. On opening, all three were taut and brooding, or like coiled springs, just waiting to come out. Even drinking them straight away, the pleasure is great, but the potential even greater. If you leave the bottles, opened, with some of the wine taken out (SWMBO and drank it), they unfold and develop incredibly. The Merlot becomes immensely earthy and tobacco flavoured with plums. Great structure that means the wine will see out a decade with the complexity it already shows. The Cabernets is my star. Unrivalled linearity and wonderful varietal clarity, with enormous structure and potential. Very refined, of course. This has a couple of decades ahead of it. Then the explosive Syrah with volume and layers of black fruits, spices and minerals. Again wonderfully structured and 10-15 years easily. We shared these, that 24 hour period later, with the Bassinet Babes, and they too were astounded. The wines are not cheap, at $100.00 per bottle, but worth every bit of it. These Magpies are something to Crow about.