Such sweet and rich aromas! The palate is concentrated and full with layers of warm plum and berry fruit flavours. New Zealand Merlot expresses smoothness and richness of ripe fruit thanks to the warm Mediterranean climates of Hawkes Bay in the country’s North Island. Our Merlot is made in a soft and approachable style and suits a broad range of food types including leaner meats and savoury dishes, especially casseroles.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red with purple hues.
An intense nose of dark fruits - ripe plums and blackberries complemented by hints of spice and mocha.
A rich, rounded mouthfilling palate with appealing sweet fruit and oak complexities. Velvety tannins round out a long, lingering finish.
Three to four years.
Superb with barbequed spare ribs.
These Merlot grapes are from a selection of vineyards in Hawke’s Bay – predominantly on the Redmetal soils of the Ngatarawa Triangle. Ideal ripening conditions and settled weather during harvest saw fruit picked at optimum condition. All fruit was machine harvested for delivery to the winery.
The grapes were crushed to open-top tanks and standard fermenters and inoculated with cultured yeasts selected to enhance varietal expression. During active fermentation caps were mixed three times daily with an average of 14 days total maceration on skins. The individual parcels were drained to a mixture of barrels and tank and matured for nine months before final blending.