Deep inky colour. The nose is deep and richly layered with aromas of dark plum, black cherry stone and hints of new leather. On the palate there is great density and richness with black berry fruit notes. The palate flows well and is fine and supple, with complexity unfolding into a harmonious finish. This palate promises great riches after patient cellaring
2013 Vintage: Hawke's Bay A&P Wine Awards (Silver)
2013 Vintage: Jane Skilton (93 points)
2013 Vintage: Cameron Douglas MS (5 stars)
This is a blend of 46% Merlot, 45% Malbec and 9% Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett and Triangle Vineyards. The grapes were hand harvested, carefully destemmed and fermented in numerous small batch ferments over a 3 week period then gently pressed to oak barriques.
Slow malolactic fermentation in barrel and minimal intervention has created a full, ripe and well balanced wine with a core of ripe fruit and excellent structure.
2013 was an exceptional vintage with perfect growing conditions allowing us to make wines of very high quality and age ability.
The wine can be enjoyed now and will cellar f...more »or ten years from harvest.
Raymond Chan 5 star wine review.
This unfiltered wine is warm and generous on the palate with lifted fragrant fruits of plums and violets. A power packed wine with deep damson hues and dense layers of spice and oak. This is a wine which will be approachable early in its youth, but will age wonderfully for 3-10 years. Drink earlier for a more fruit driven style. Perhaps our greatest Malbec blend to date.
Deep vibrant colour. Fresh aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry with floral notes and some subtle oak. The palate is smooth and rounded with rich ripe fruit nicely coated with some fine dusty tannin. The wine has a long refreshing finish.
Ruby red colour on release. Showing varietal aromas of boysenberry and plums. A medium bodied Merlot with vibrant fruit and supple tannins, with tones of chocolate and tobacco leaf and underlying spicy, toasty oak.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of ripe plum and raspberry with cedar and vanilla notes. Fine soft tannin belies the palate’s weight, the wine is soft and full with bright acids giving an overall impression of power and persistence. Spice and complexity is gained via the Cabernet Franc portion of the blend.
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