An inky, deep red wine, this Merlot shows an array of ripe fruit aromas; dark cherry, berries and plum, with hints of leather and spice. The smooth velvety palate is well supported with vibrant berry flavours and silky smooth tannins.
Fruit from low-yielding vines selectively harvested at optimum ripeness and gently crushed and chilled for a pre-fermentation cold soak to extract colour and fruit flavour. The must was then warmed, inoculated with selected yeast and fermented over 7 days to dryness with a daily routine of traditional hand plunging to maximise tannin extraction. After pressing, the wine was matured for 12 months in new French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.
Region: Hawke's Bay
Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.7 RS: <2g/L
Presently drinking extremely well, but will continue to become smoother and richer for 5 - 10 more y
This rich red wine is perfect for drinking with a prime BBQ beef steak or tender lamb roast.
Awards & Reviews
Wine Orbit - 87/100
Up front and friendly, this attractive merlot shows dark plum, blueberry, spice and dried herb characters on the nose, followed by a ripe and rounded palate that delivers an abundance of youthful fruit flavours. At its best: now to 2018.
BobCampbell.nz - 90/100
Quite an intense but rather closed Merlot with strong plum, oak and savoury, toasty, coffee and malty characters. Fairly dense red with an almost chewy texture. Perhaps a little closed right now but showing potential.