Merlot predominant, with smaller proportions of Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and other alternative varietals, from the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay.
Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately and then gently destemmed prior to fermentation. Subsequent 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. Underwent 14 months ageing in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks.
Merlot predominant, with 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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