2014 Reserve Merlot
VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING NOTES
The 2014 vintage started with a warm frost free Spring. A very warm Summer followed, which meant high heat accumulation. This led to one of the warmest vintages ever recorded in Hawke’s Bay ensuring ripe, flavoursome fruit in excellent condition.
Hand harvested from our Kanuka Block in the Esk Valley. Our premium Merlot Vineyard was carefully managed for a low yield to ensure optimum varietal expression and quality. Hand plunged and crafted before an 18 month maturity in selected French Oak.
1456 bottles produced.
REGION: Esk Valley
Eye: Violet Red
Nose: Boysenberry and dark plum.
Taste: Full bodied, fruit driven with lingering fruit sweetness with excellent ` leather like’ tannin structure.
FOOD MATCH, CELLARING AND SERVICE
Enjoy with all red meats particularly beef and rich pasta dishes.
Drink or cellar with care up to 8 years.
Serve at room temperature 18 ͦC
4.5 STAR - Michael Cooper
BRONZE - Air NZ Wine Awards 2015