Merlot predominant, with smaller proportions of Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and other alternative varietals, sourced from vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle of Hawkes Bay.
Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately and then gently de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Subsequent gentle daily pumping over of the skins during fermentation helped extract a soft, complex structure. Following fermentation, the skin maceration was extended for up to 4 weeks to further integrate and soften the tannins. After 14 months ageing in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks, the individual blocks were blended to create the ideal marriage of components.
This Merlot predominant blend includes smaller proportions of alternative varieties, which have added further complexity and palate interest. The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with spice and red fruit characters of Tempranillo and Malbec. Cassis aromas and structural backbone are provided by the Cabernet family. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine.
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