These Merlot grapes are from a selection of vineyards in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand – predominantly on the red metal soils of the Ngatarawa Triangle. After harvest, 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 plunged three times daily with 18 days total maceration on skins. The individual parcels were drained to a mixture of French and American oak barrels and matured for 10 months before final blending. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep ruby with purple highlights.
An intense nose of dark fruits — ripe plums and blackberries complemented by hints of spice and liquorice.
Rich black fruit flavours of plum, berry and currant are to the fore underpinned with savoury oak. Fine tannins and lovely balance promote a fleshy texture and lingering finish.
Three to four years.
Superb with seared lamb on a potato rosti, green beans, and a red wine jus.