A rich inky red wine with dark cherry and berry fruits and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. A soft backbone of ripe tannins supports the rich fruit flavours on the palate with hints of toast adding a layer of complexity. A well balanced acidity and smooth tannin structure make this a wine which will age gracefully.
Fruit from low-yielding vines was selectively harvested, 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 10 months in French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.
Region: Hawke's Bay
Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.49 RS: <2g/L
This is a very approachable wine for drinking today but with enough structure and richness to develop very well over the next ten years.
This rich red wine is perfect for drinking with a prime BBQ beef steak or tender lamb roast.