Esk Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2015

44% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc grown within the prestigious Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay. 

Individual vineyard parcels were destemmed to fermenters and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Once active, the ferments were hand plunged to gently extract tannin and colour from the skins. After a period of maceration on skins, the new wines were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The individual parcels were aged separately in barrel for 12 months before being blended and bottled.

Winemaker's Comments

A full-bodied and rich Hawkes Bay blend. Densely coloured with a bouquet of dark fruits and subtle oak seasoning while the palate is softly textured and generous in nature. Due to its well ripened tannins it can be enjoyed young, although also shows the potential to age gracefully gaining further complexity.

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