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  • Very dark black-red colour with purple hues.
  • Grapes were planted at the Cornerstone Vineyard.
  • Newton Forrest Estate is a partnership between Australian viticulturist Bob Newton and Marlborough winemaker John Forrest.

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Grapes were planted at the Cornerstone Vineyard on Gimblett Road in 1990 and the first wine, a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec, was produced from the 1994 vintage. Subsequent production has been based on this blend although latter vintages, which reflect the increasing age of the vines, have allowed the production of varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
Palate This is densely packed and tightly bound at the heart. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firmly concentrated with a rich core of ripe blackcurrant fruit. Layers of interest unfold, showing blackberries, spices, oak and lead pencil notes.
Food Pairing Beef and Venison
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Newton Forrest Estate is a partnership between Australian viticulturist Bob Newton and Marlborough winemaker John Forrest and was established in 1988 to make wine from Bordeaux varieties grown in the unique soils of the Gimblett Gravels region.
Variety Bordeaux blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2011
Region Gimblett Gravels
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.2%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Newton Forrest
Doctors john and brigid forrest are forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in marlborough. Whilst in partnership they produce the cornerstone bordeaux red from their vineyard in the gimblett gravels region of hawke's bay and premium pinot noir from their vineyards in bannockburn and the waitaki valley, otago.

Vintage 1990 saw the first forrest wine and immediate success with a trophy at the national wine awards - success that has been repeated many times both nationally and internationally over the subsequent vintages.

To the often asked question "Why did you do it?" the answer is, a mixture of the wine 'passion' and a desire to achieve and be recognised and rewarded for one's efforts. In hindsight we struck upon a career which suits our personalities - a perfect blend of art and science.
Gimblett Gravels
Gimblett Gravels is one of the only wine-growing zones in the New World defined solely by soil type. This was made possible when the Ngaruroro River changed its course in 1867 as a result of a major flood. Where the river previously flowed through the Omahu channel, vines are now planted in low-fertility stony/gravelly soils (with various pockets of sandstone, silt and clay) that benefit from extremely good drainage.

The region combines the French concept of terroir with modern day thinking to define, protect and market wine. In what is believed to be a first for winegrowers in the New World - wine growing countries outside Europe - Gimblett Gravels is basing the ultimate designation of their district according to a tightly specified soil type.


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