This classic Hawkes Bay blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec reflects the 2015 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.
Elite Gold - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Gold - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015
Metro Top 100 Wines for Winter 2015
Individual vineyard parcels were harvested (1st – 16th 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 16 months (24% new), the batches were lightly fined, naturally settled, blended and gently filtered before bottling on the 1st November 2016. This wine is a classical blend of Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) and Malbec (7%).
Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) and Malbec (7%).
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.22gL
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 2015 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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“The nose is refined in presentation and elegantly concentrated with rich, ripe aromas of spicy black plums and liquorice notes, along with ripe blackcurrant and cassis elements. The fruit is lifted by spicy, toasty oak. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, this has a tightly bound core of succulent and sweetly ripe black plum and blackberry fruit, along with liquorice and lifted spicy, toasty new oak. The tannins are refined and provide a smooth-flowing, fine-textured structure and line, carrying the wine to a long, lingering finish of plums, spices and oak. This is a very elegant and refined, succulent Merlot/Cabernet blend with sweet and spicy fruit and oak. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. ”