This Winemakers Reserve blend is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest reds. The grapes are harvested from low-cropping, old vines in the Gimblett Gravels vineyards of Cornerstone and Ngakirikiri. Intensive viticultural practices are employed to ensure that these vines fulfil their potential.
WINEMAKING: The individual vineyard parcels are harvested separately to maximise potential and destemmed to our concrete fermenters for fermentation. Indigenous and selected red wine yeast strains are employed and once active the ferments are gently hand plunged four times daily. After a period of post fermentation maceration the ferments are pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques for 18 months before being blended and bottled.
WINEMAKER’S COMMENT: This is one of New Zealand’s most revered red wines. Itis deeply coloured with aromatics hinting at black fruits, dried herbs, cocoa and cedar. The flavours typical of Gimblett Gravel Merlot blends tend towards fruitcake, cherry, chocolate and oak spice. The palate as a young wine is firm and tannic, needing time to truly show its best; however, the potential is evident. Dry and long finishing, this is truly fine wine.
FOOD MATCH: Enjoy with many different meat or game dishes, particularly hearty roasts and winter stews.
Region: 100% Hawkes Bay
Varieties: Merlot 56%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Malbec 14%
Total acidity: 6.0gL
Maturation: 16 months in French oak barriques (40% new)