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Hawke's Bay Merlot 2020

Chocolate, plum, and blackberry aromas of Merlot have combined with the aromatic spice of oak aging to produce a fruit-dominant yet complex wine.

Soft, ripe tannins make this wine serious yet eminently drinkable.

It can be enjoyed with a wide range of different foods, particularly lamb and beef.

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Vineyards

Region: Hawke’s Bay, NZ

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Vineyard: Gimblett Stones, Tin Shed, Gimblett Gravels

Varietal Mix

Merlot 93% & 7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Detail

27 March to 15 April 2020

Bottling Detail

Alcohol 13.9%

Titratable acidity 5.6 g/l

pH 3.67

Residual sugar 0.26 g/l

Winemaking and Viticulture

Weather conditions leading up to the 2020 harvest were typical of a classic Hawke’s Bay summer – long hot sunny days with moderate-cool nights. As Autumn arrived the season became cooler yet remained dry, providing ideal ripening conditions to produce rich, ripe, supple and delicious Merlot.

Several individual parcels were harvested separately and de-stemmed prior to fermentation leaving a high proportion of whole berries. Gentle daily pumping over of the skins during fermentation helped extract a soft, complex structure. Skin maceration was extended for up to 4 weeks following fermentation to further integrate and soften the tannins.

Following seven months aging in a combination stainless steel tanks and small French oak barrels the individual parcels were blended to create the ideal marriage of components.

The Wine

Chocolate, plum, and blackberry aromas of Merlot have combined with the aromatic spice of oak aging to produce a fruit-dominant yet complex wine.

Soft, ripe tannins make this wine serious yet eminently drinkable.

It can be enjoyed with a wide range of different foods, particularly lamb and beef.

We recommend moderately short-term cellaring (2-5 years).

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