Merlot CabernetMerlot Cabernet

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Merlot Cabernet

Hawkes Bay

Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.5%
NZ International Wine Show 2019 NZ International Wine Show 2019
New World Wine Awards 2019 New World Wine Awards 2019
Tasting Note

The grapes for this beautifully crafted blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were selected from superior Gimblett Gravels vineyards ideally suited to these Bordeaux-red varietals.

The 2018 growing season experienced a very warm summer and early autumn, which led to a record number of growing degree days for that period, interspersed with welcome intermittent rain. Despite predictions for a later harvest, these conditions proved perfect for ripening, allowing the first harvest, of several parcels of fruit, to begin on March 26th and finish on April 10th 2018.

Each parcel was individually fermented in stainless steel tanks for enhanced colour and flavour extraction, then racked to barrel for aging and enhanced complexity of predominantly French oak seasoning, for twelve months. Following élevage, the parcels where then blended together in the ideal proportions to compose the final wine - 55% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. 

Bottling took place on the 13th of June 2019, under screwcap closure.

This fine Merlot Cabernet blend has lovely blackcurrant and boysenberry aromas and flavours underlined with toasty oak. Complemented with subtle liquorice, leather and spice complexity, this full bodied wine has a long lingering finish.  It is deliciously approachable and will pair perfectly with your favourite red meat or pasta dish.

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