Aromas of this classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc from the outstanding 2014 vintage displays rich aromas of red fruits and spice. With flavours of plum, blackcurrant and cedar, the smooth finish on the palate is supported by supple, approachable tannins.
In keeping with Vidal’s small batch winemaking philosophy, blocks were harvested, fermented and matured in individual batches to capture the uniqueness of each parcel. The grapes were fermented and macerated on skins before being pressed and matured in tank and barrel (15% new French Oak). Individual parcels underwent malolactic fermentation and 15 months maturation before bottling to evolve the wine’s character and flavour while softening the tannins. Bottled 18th July 2014.
Total acidity: 5.55gL
Residual sugar: NIL
Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards in the Hawkes Bay region. The 2013 growing season was warm, long and dry and has been recognized as outstanding. These conditions combined with free draining soils and low yields allow us to harvest fruit exhibiting purity and ripeness, characters which are expressed in the wine.
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“An easy-drinking blend…fruity and smooth, with fresh berry, herb and spice flavours and a touch of complexity.”