Quality wines worthy of fine food and great company

From day one I have passionately believed that quality fruit in our Gimblett Gravels vineyards in the Hawkes Bay would produce outstanding wine in our bottles. While in the winery technical management and winemaking processes are necessarily complex, our aim has always been simple: to create quality wines worthy of fine food and great company.

That will always be our aim and I make a personal promise to diligently and unrelentingly keep on delivering just that. Life is short, so enjoy our wines today, but if you can trust yourself to cellar a bottle or two, you’ll be richly rewarded.

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2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot - A Flight of 6

Single vineyard, super premium, hand selected grapes. Aged in French oak for 18 months. An exceptional wine, huge concentration, a firm structure with intense fruit characteristics. This wine will cellar for up to 20 years!

13.75% Alc

Awards / Ratings


  • Gold – 2013 Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards


  • Gold – 2016 International Wine Challenge
  • Trophy Champion Merlot Blend – 2014 New Zealand International Wine Awards
  • Gold – 2014 New Zealand International Wine Awards
  • Pure Gold – 2015 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards


  • Gold – 2016 Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2018 Premium New Zealand Selection
  • Silver – 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver – 2017 Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2017 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

The Squawking Magpie

Awards & Praise

From the first vintage in 1999, Squawking Magpie has consistently collected awards and earned high praise from wine commentators throughout New Zealand.

The Squawking Magpie

Wine Selection

Squawking Magpie, Gimblett Gravels is the flagship label, presenting wines of richness, strength and complexity, from a refined, elegant Chardonnay to a deep, concentrated Cabernet Merlot.

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  • Once again, we're proud to be involved in the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction. In 2019, the iconic auction celebrates 28 years.

The auction lot for us this year is an Octo Barrique of our Single vineyard, Gimblett Gravels Iconic Stoned Crow Syrah 2018. It's hand-picked and fermented in small open topped vats, matured in barrel and has enticing aromas of spicy dark fruits and floral overtones. This wine dances on the palate with its complex layered flavours and fine silky texture. Outstanding balance makes this Syrah approachable in its youth and it offers great cellaring potential.

As you know, this Auction is for a great and charitable cause, with all proceeds being gifted to Cranford Hospice. It will be a significant event with Hawke’s Bay’s most talented winemakers providing over 40 lots of wine, many of which are being specially blended.

Make sure you book your tickets now from the Hawkes Bay Wine Auction website.

#hawkesbay #wine #auction #squawkingmagpie #syrah #2018 #octobarrique
  • On August 28th, we’ll be featuring our wines for the Gimblett Gravels Tasting Night at the Wine Cave, Auckland.

This is an educational wine appreciation class you don’t want to miss out on. Held at an incredible urban winery for wine lovers in central Auckland, the event will host over ten of Gimblett Gravels' finest wineries, showcasing over 40 wines for an exclusive tasting. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet some of the most celebrated NZ winemakers & taste the unique terroir of each vineyard site.

Tickets are selling fast. Learn more about the event and book now here: bit.ly/winecavetasting
  • We invite you to join our Winemaker Jenny Dobson on Sunday 18 August in Wellington for a delicious five-course lunch at a special Noble Rot wine event.

It's an amazing opportunity for a meal with a wine legend who's become one of New Zealand’s most respected wine identities.

See extra information on the event, including tickets at the link in our Facebook post.
  • Wines to Crow About - May 19⠀
The Chatterer 2017 Syrah⠀
These grapes have been produced in the world renowned Hawke's Bay Gimblett Gravels growing region, the quality and value has already drawn interest far and wide. Our top selling red wine, secure your case today!⠀
90 Points – Cameron Douglas, MS ⠀
#squawkingmagpie #squawkingmagpiewines #gimblettgravels #hawkesbay #hawkesbaywine
  • Wines to Crow About - May 19⠀
Stoned Crow Syrah 😍😍😍⠀
This incredible 6 pack contains vintages from 2012, 2013 x 2, 2014, 2015 and 2016 of our most awarded and celebrated wine Stoned Crow Syrah. With the 2012 archived and the 2016 not yet released these Gold Award winning wines are ripe for opening and enjoying now or to cellar if you can trust yourself!⠀
Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels at it's best! #squawkingmagpie #squawkingmagpiewines #gimblettgravels #hawkesbay #hawkesbaywine
  • 2018 Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc⠀
The grapes used for this vintage have produced a powerful, mouth-filling wine with fresh acidity, ripe melon and lime flavours. Fully tank fermented, this wonderful wine is fresh and vibrant with a crisp dry finish. Enjoy now or over the next 3 years⠀
#internationalsauvignonblancday #sauvblancday #sauvblanc #squawkingmagpie #squawkingmagpiewines

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