Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010 – 6 pack

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Winemaker Notes
Our two Hawkes Bay Merlot vineyards performed with real distinction in 2010. The biggest parcel of fruit came from the Gimblett Gravels and this provides structure and vinosity to the wine. The other Merlot component came from our vineyard on the ‘Red Metals’ and this component provides richness and opulent fruit character to this wine. The components were separately vinified and then assembled for oak aging. A dollop of Malbec from our Red Metal vineyard is also included. This adds an intriguing ‘wild berry’ character to the wine.
Analysis
Alc 14%
Acid 5.4 g/L
Res Sugar 3g/L
pH 3.67
Tasting Notes
Colour: This is a very deeply coloured wine. It has an almost black core running to a deep purple-red rim.
Bouquet: Opulent and ripe. Black fruits mixed with a hard to define ‘wild berry’ character and some subtle, background oak.
Palate: Rich and full, yet soft and round.
Cellaring
This wine has such softness and opulence that it is a terrific drink young proposition. However it also has a superb tannin structure that points to a wine that will age very well.
Food Matching
The soft tannins and earthy flavours of merlot make it a great match with full flavoured meats such as lamb, venison, beef and game. Sauces that are not too rich will go well with this wine as will roast garlic and vegetables. Cheeses, both soft and hard are always good.
Suggested Wine List Description
Smooth and silky in the mouth with ripe berry flavours, soft tannins and subtle oak characters.
Independent Reviews
“Pristine and fragrant, the nose shows lovely youthful aromas of red plum, blueberry, floral and a hint of vanilla. The palate is fruit-intense and vibrant with smooth texture, leading to a finely drying finish.” SK
Awards
Four Stars/Listener Wine of the Week – Michael Cooper June 2012
Silver Medal – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012

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