Vidal Estate Wines

Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

— 2015 —

Aromas of this classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc from the outstanding 2015 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.

Food Matches: Grilled meats

$16.00 ea

Buy 6: $13.60 ea

In keeping with our estate’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 19 months
maturation before bottling to evolve the wine’s character and flavour while
softening the tannins. Merlot 88%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10% and Malbec 2%.

ALCOHOL: 13.0%
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.34gL
PH 3.63
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.0gL

Vineyard

The 2015 growing season for this wine was warm and follows on from the
excellent vintages of 2013 and 2014. The seasonal characteristics combined
with quality vineyards, typified by free draining, infertile, gravelly soils and low
yields allowed us to harvest fruit exhibiting purity, ripeness and fine tannin.

“An easy-drinking blend…fruity and smooth, with fresh berry, herb and spice flavours and a touch of complexity.”

Vidal Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Michael Cooper