This specially selected blend was crafted from fruit harvested from low-yielding vines at optimum ripeness, then 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.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
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.
Presently drinking extremely well, but will continue to become smoother and richer for 5 - 10 more years
This rich red wine is perfect for drinking with a prime BBQ beef steak or tender lamb roast.