69% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec from free draining, gravelly soiled vineyards in the Hawkes Bay.
In keeping with Vidal's small batch winemaking philosophy, blocks were harvested, fermented and matured in individual batches to capture the uniqueness of each parcel. Then fermented and macerated on skins before being pressed and matured in tank and barrel, 15% new French oak. Individual parcels underwent malolactic fermentation and 15 months maturation before bottling to evolve the wine's character and flavour, whilst also softening the tannins.
A classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc displaying rich aromas of red fruits and spice. With flavours of plum, blackcurrant and cedar, the smooth finish on the palate is supported by supple, approachable tannins.
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