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54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc from a selection of premium vineyard blocks in the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay.
Hand-picked fruit was destemmed into open top fermenters, given a 5 day cold soak and allowed to warm up and ferment spontaneously with native vineyard yeasts. Then drawn off the skins and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Racked once in spring, and returned to barrels for a further 12 months of ageing.
An elegant expression of a classic Hawkes Bay red blend. The nose is intense, driven by blackcurrant and plum, with complexity coming from suggestions of cedar and rosemary. A soft and fruit driven palate with flavours of berry fruit and Christmas cake spice, complemented by integrated oak. The tannins are fine-grained and supple with a bright focused palate leading to a long and lingering finish.
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GOLD MEDAL - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
GOLD MEDAL - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
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