This is our Cabernet dominant Reserve label. A classic Bordeaux style, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
4.5 stars - Winestate Magazine 2009
5 stars - WINE ORBIT 2010
Winery Tasting Notes
This wine has a wonderful nose and the palate is generous, warm and spicy with complex flavours of cassis and plum. Savoury oak and long soft tannins finish this wine beautifully.
Age from 3 to 12 years, earlier for a more fruit driven style.
The grapes were all hand picked from a mixture of our estate 20 year old vines and some fruit from Gimblett Road. The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed in 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.
The individual components were matured separately in predominantly French oak barriques before blending at 12 months, undergoing a further 5 months ageing as a single parcel.
This wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, and 13% Malbec.
Medals & Trophies
Silver Medal, Royal Easter Show 2009
Silver Medal, Liquorland Top 100 2009
Silver Medal, International Wine Show 2009
Silver Medal, Hawkes Bay A & P Wine Awards 2009
Bronze Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009