An exciting Hawkes Bay Merlot, featuring impeccable ripeness, elegance and texture, a reflection of the world class quality of the Gimblett Gravels terroir.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Hand harvested bunches were collected in picking baskets and transported to the Auckland winery. Each parcel of fruit was de -stemmed and crushed into small (2-6 tonne) open top fermenters. The ferments were hand plunged three to four times a day to achieve a gentle but extractive maceration. After fermentation the wine remained in contact with the skins for an extra seven to ten days before being pressed off. After the fermenters were pressed and malolactic fermentation concluded, the wines were racked to oak barriques for maturation. After sufficient maturation of around 22 months in 61% new French and fine grained American oak barriques, the wines were blended, gently fined and bottled.
In challenging vintages such as 2005, vineyard location and management ultimately have the greatest input into final wine quality. Despite the challenges, this year has once again produced a truly exciting Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot, featuring impeccable ripeness, elegance and texture, a reflection of the world class quality of the Gimblett Gravels terroir. The 2005 Reserve displays a dense nose with considerable depth, featuring small red and black berries, floral violet, vanillin and cedar-briary spice notes. This wine is highly seductive as great Merlot should be; the palate is highly refined with ethereal , textural tannins and creamy supportive oak, and features tightness and balance.