2013 Dam Block
VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING NOTES
The 2013 season started with a cool frosty spring but quickly progressed into a classic Hawke’s Bay summer. Hot and dry conditions from December through to end of harvest ensured ripe, flavoursome fruit in excellent condition. One of the best!
Low cropping and early fruit thinning ensured maximum potential. The Dam Block is named after the Dam at the base of our north face sloping vineyard. The fruit from this terraced vineyard was hand harvested two weeks later than usual, this ensured full ripeness.
Warm fermentation (26 ͦC – 28 ͦC) with selected yeast strains. Post ferment with 28 days extra maceration, the wine was then pressed and put to barrique for malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was matured in French oak for 10 months, barrel selected to create our flagship Bordeaux varietal blend.
BLEND Merlot 55% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Malbec 10%
REGION Esk Valley – Hawke’s Bay
Eye: Dark red with violet hues
Nose: Black doris plum, blueberry and light spice.
Taste: Dominated by ripe fruit flavours, plum, cassis and liquorice with rich supple tannins.
FOOD MATCH, CELLARING AND SERVICE
An ideal accompaniment to all red meats.
Enjoy now or cellar up to 8 years. Serve room temperature.
4 Stars Michael Cooper 2016
4 Stars Raymond Chan 2015