Clearview Estate Reserve `Enigma` 2008 (12 x 750mL), Hawkes Bay, NZ. RRP$51

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Overview

A blend of 3 grape varieties, the flavours of plum, sweet spicy cassis, mint and earthy violets combine with long fine-grained tannins and sweet oak.

Region:
NZ - Hawke's Bay
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

This consistently disinguished Hawkes Bay red is a Merlot-based blend and is matured for about 18 months in French oak barriques. The 2008 vintage (4.5star) is a powerful, concentrated blend of Merlot (75%), Malbec (11%) and Cabernet Franc (14%). Dark and surdy, with ripe plum and spice flavours, slight coffee notes and excellent complexity and density, its still very youthful 4.5 Star - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2011

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/Palate

This is our Merlot predominant ‘Reserve’ label. From the exceptional, beautifully ripe 2008 vintage comes this seductive and sensuous red wine. A blend of 3 grape varieties, the flavours of plum, sweet spicy cassis, mint and earthy violets combine with long fine-grained tannins and sweet oak.

Cellaring Potential

Cellar for 3-12 years, or drink earlier for a more fruity style.

Winemaking Note

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 the spent 28 days undergoing extended maceration.

75% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 11% Malbec matured for 17 months in predominantly new French oak barriques.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal, Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2010

Silver medal Hawkes Bay A&P Awards 2010

Silver medal NZ International Wine Competition 2010

Silver medal Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2010

Bronze medal Royal Easter Show 2010

Bronze medal Liquorland Int Wine Competition 2010

Vintage
2008
Region
NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

Told in 1988 that it was" too cold to grow wine grapes", Tim Turvey went ahead and bought this property at Te Awanga, HB. He took this as a challenge, and together with business partner Helma van den Berg, they planted the first vines were in winter 1988. They went on to plant 2500 trees, including avocados, olives, melia and bay trees, lavender and citrus. Vineyard plantings were continued at 3 acres per annum. Tim and Helma grafted and planted their grapevines, rammed the posts, ran the wires and trained the young vines, for many years also doing all the pruning. They also designed and built the winery, adding to the cellar door and restaurant as the business grew.

Twenty years down the track the vines, the wines and the restaurant are 'doing very nicely now - thank you very much!'

The Reserve Chardonnay has achieved Super Classic Wine Status, and received Gold and/or 5 Stars in each vintage since 1992.

Opened in 1991, the coastal vineyard restaurant rates highly, consistently nominated in the Hospitality Awards, receiving BEEF & LAMB awards since 1998. The 'red shed' has become a dining destination of rustic integrity for local and international visitors alike.

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