A blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay.
Individual parcels were harvested separately and destemmed to original 1930s concrete fermenters for fermentation. Indigenous and selected red wine yeast strains were employed and once active the ferments were gently hand plunged 4 times daily. After a period of post fermentation maceration the ferments were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barriques before blending, ageing in tank and bottling.
Widely regarded as one of the finest of New Zealand's red wines. Deeply coloured with aromatics hinting at black fruits including cherries, spice and smoke. The flavours typical of Gimblett Gravels Merlot blends tend toward fruitcake, cherry, chocolate and oak spice. Dry, complex and long finishing, this is a fine vintage for this blend.
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