Merlot
Cellar Selection | Hawkes Bay
Merlot
Vintage 2020 
Description
Viticulture
Winemaking
This deeply coloured Merlot displays perfumed aromas of dark plum, violets and dried herbs, with complexing oak spice characters. A medium bodied, smooth and approachable palate follows with sweet fruit, supple tannins and moreish acidity.
2020 was an exceptional Hawkes Bay vintage, following on beautifully from 2019. Warmer than average temperatures and dry conditions encouraged fruit across the region to achieve optimum ripeness and maintain excellent condition through to harvest. This wine is a blend of Villa Maria's Gimblett Gravels vineyards, where free draining soils temper vine vigour, resulting in low yields of ripe and concentrated fruit.
Once destemmed and crushed to open-top fermenters the grapes were inoculated with several strains of yeast and fermented at 30 degrees C. Post fermentation the parcels were pressed to a mixture of 2nd use Hungarian and American oak barriques for 12 months maturation. The wine was blended, egg white fined and filtered to bottle.

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Smooth and Fruity

Tasting notes

  • Dark plum
  • Herbs
  • Oak Spice

This deeply coloured Merlot displays perfumed aromas of dark plum, violets and dried herbs, with complexing oak spice characters. A medium-bodied, smooth and approachable palate follows with sweet fruit, supple tannins and moreish acidity.

Pairing suggestions

How to enjoy our Merlot

  • Red Meat
  • Hard Cheeses
  • Pizza

Our Cellar Selection Merlot is particularly good paired with full-flavoured dishes, game, red meat, pizza and cheeses. Styled for enjoyment upon release or hold for up to 5 years as the wine will develop further complexity.

 

Best served at: 15 °C / 60 °F

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Hawkes Bay

A significant portion of our grapes are grown in close proximity to the famous Gimblett Road growing area in the Hawkes Bay.

The free draining gravelly soil here has a devigourating effect on vines and results in red wines with enhanced structure, flavour and colour.

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