This is our Merlot predominant ‘Reserve’ label. From the exceptional, but low-yielding 2006 vintage comes this seductive and sensuous red wine.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
A blend of 4 grape varieties, the flavours of plum, sweet spicy cassis, mint and earthy violets combine with long fine-grained tannins and sweet oak.
Age from 3-12 years, earlier for a more fruity style.
The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed into 2000 litre tanks, cold macerated for 3 days and fermented with a mixture of wild and inoculated yeasts. Temperatures reached 32ºC with a 4 hourly hand plunging and daily rack and returns. The wine then spent 28 days undergoing extended maceration.
76% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc matured for 16 months in predominantly new French oak barriques.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal & Trophy NZ International Wine Awards 2009
Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Award 2009
Bronze Medal, Bragato Wine Awards 2009