The 2020 Gimblett Gravels vintage has been described as nothing short of "spectacular" by a Master of Wine.
Annually since the 2008 vintage, the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association has sent a case that best represents the vintage to critics and writers around the world.
Known as the Annual Vintage Selection, Sydney-based Master of Wine Andrew Caillard is tasked with selecting the 'best of the best'.
The 2020 vintage may have taken place during the height of pandemic uncertainty, however the wines are nothing short of "spectacular", says Andrew Caillard MW.
Choosing the dozen was harder than ever this time, with Caillard revealing "my scores reveal an embarrassment of riches, there are many worthy wines that missed out".
Announcing the top 12 Gimblett Gravels reds from 2020, Caillard attributed the remarkable wines to the sublime weather, combined with talent in the vineyard and winery.
"The warm, dry, growing season, combined with progressive vineyard management, winemaking skills and technology, have all contributed to a spectacular year for Gimblett Gravels."
The blended reds are wines to put on your radar, with Caillard commenting "this was a glorious vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon".
The wines had "very good claret-like definition; fine grainy tannins, very good mid-palate generosity and underlying oak maturation notes".
Syrah was also a standout.
"This year Syrah excelled…the pure blackberry fruits prevailed and the peppery characters…were sotto voce rather than dominating", noted Caillard, while applauding the wines possessing "fruit complexity, suppleness and density".
Caillard added: "I was also astonished by the quality, presence and vinosity of the Church Road 1 Malbec".
Chairman of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, Cameron Price, said "the 2020 vintage will be remembered as one of our greatest''.
''The growing season was textbook perfect, with fruit harvested in beautiful condition. We couldn't be happier with the wines. They're among our best to date and reinforce the terroir's ability to produce some of the world's finest full-bodied red wines".
The 2020 Annual Vintage Selection will comprise the following wines (in alphabetical order):
Blended reds (Merlot or Cabernet dominant):
Babich Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot
Church Road 1 Cabernet Sauvignon
Church Road 1 Malbec
Elephant Hill Hieronymus
Elephant Hill Stone Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Esk Valley Artisanal Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Mission Estate Jewelstone Antoine
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett
Craggy Range Le Sol
Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Syrah
Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah
Trinity Hill Homage
In the coming weeks, the 2020 Annual Vintage Selection packs will be presented to key opinion leaders throughout the world for their review.