By augmenting the structure and finesse of Cabernet Sauvignon with the vibrant fruit of Merlot, this wine is an elegant yet powerfully intense, red blend.
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This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has fragrant aromas and flavours of cassis, red fruits and dried herbs. A rich mouthfeel balanced with supple tannins leads to a deliciously smooth finish.
Download full tasting notes: 2018
A great pairing with all red meats, most cheeses, and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Vineyards and Winemaking
The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards located across the Hawkes Bay region. An array of soil profiles including free draining alluvial gravels, combined with high sunshine hours make Hawkes Bay New Zealand’s ‘home’ to the French Bordeaux varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
FRUIT HANDLING: 100% crushed and destemmed to fermentation vessels. Inoculated with several strains of yeast and aerated throughout fermentation, peaking in temperature at 28-30ºC. Pressed off skins and aged in tank and barrel for 12 months.