Kim Crawford Merlot 2014

100% Merlot from Kim Crawford‘s Corner 50 vineyard, planted on the Redmetal soils of the Ngatarawa Triangle of Hawkes Bay.

After harvest, grapes were crushed in open-top tanks and standard fermenters and inoculated with cultured yeasts. During active fermentation, caps were plunged 3 times daily with 24 days total maceration on skins. The individual parcels were drained to a mixture of French and American oak barrels and matured for 12 months before final blending and bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

Deep ruby with a purple hue in colour. An intense nose of ripe plums is complemented by liquorice aromas. On the palate, rich, dark berry fruit flavours with hints of mocha. Fine soft tannins promote a round texture with a lingering finish.

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    • Natalie Maclean Wine Reviews
    90 POINTS - Natalie Maclean Wine Reviews, Oct 2016

    "A robust, smooth New Zealand red wine, with fleshy black plums and some dark spice on the finish. Kim Crawford has that rare combination of being both popular with a wide swath of wine drinkers, and respected by even the pickiest connoisseurs. Finishes with black plum and a lick of spiced oak. Wonderful! Try it with grilled lamb or pork chops."