Gimblett Gravels 2016s

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The most recently released vintage of Hawke's Bay's best-promoted reds. 

While the last of our 2017 Burgundy tasting notes are added to our fifteen 2017 Burgundy tasting articles, allow me to report on these 2016 Kiwi reds. On the basis of the dozen wines described below, the 2016 vintage seems to have been pretty successful in the Gimblett Gravels subregion of Hawke's Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. 

It was slightly cooler and much drier than usual. The long-term average degree days summation is 1,500, apparently, but the 2016 total was only 1,430. And the total...