Vidal Estate Wines

Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

— 2016 —

This classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec from the 2016 vintage displays 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, particularly lamb

$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 15 months maturation before bottling to evolve the wine’s character and flavour while softening the tannins. Merlot 69%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26% and Malbec 5%.

ALCOHOL: 13.0%
PH 3.55


The 2016 growing season was highlighted for its warm and settled/dry harvest period. These seasonal characteristics 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