This classic Hawkes Bay blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, reflects the 2016 vintage and our premium vineyard sites in the Gimblett Gravels. Expressive dark red fruits and spicy oak aromas lead into a palate showing depth, balance and length.
Individual vineyard parcels were harvested (1st – 17th April), destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in small batches. During ferment the batches were gently hand plunged and pumped over the skins to extract desirable tannin, flavour and colour. The wines were then pressed off and run to French oak barrels where they completed malolactic fermentation. After resting in barrel for 19 months (20% new), the batches were lightly fined, naturally settled, blended and gently filtered before bottling on the 3rd December 2017. This wine is a classical blend of Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%).
Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%).
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.00gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Dry
Residual sugar: Nil
Fruit for this wine was grown in our premium vineyards in the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels grape growing district. Naturally free draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and a very good 2016 vintage produced grapes with intense character, with depth, clarity of flavour and fine structure. Naturally low yields and “green harvesting” helped to produce fruit of concentration and richness that is balanced with freshness of natural acidity.
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