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Hawkes Bay "The Trinity" 2018

A Merlot predominant blend that includes smaller proportions of other varieties to add further complexity and palate interest. The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with spice and red fruit characters of the Cabernet family. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine.

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Vineyards

Region: Hawke's Bay

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Vineyards: Gimblett Stones, Tin Shed

Varietal Mix

32% Merlot

30% Cabernet Franc

28% Cabernet Sauvignon

6% Petit Verdot

4% Malbec

Harvest Detail

20th March to 13th April 2018

Bottling Detail

Alcohol 13.0 %
Titratable acidity 6.10g/l
pH 3.73
Residual sugar 2.17 g/l

Winemaking and Viticulture

2018 was a very warm early season in Hawkes Bay with a very warm, humid late summer and autumn. The perfect environment to produce rich, supple and delicious ripe robust red varietals.

Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately and then gently de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Subsequently, 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 15 months aging in a combination of small French oak and stainless-steel tanks, the individual blocks were blended to create the ideal wine

The Wine

This red is a Merlot predominant blend that includes smaller proportions of other varieties to add further complexity and palate interest. The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with spice and red fruit characters of the Cabernet family. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine.

This wine is made to be enjoyed while still quite young or will reward short term cellaring. It can be enjoyed with a wide range of different flavored food. Drink 3- 5 years from harvest date.

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