Private Bin | Hawkes Bay
Vintage 2021 
Deep crimson red hues lead to bright aromatics of black plums and berry fruits with subtle vanilla and cedar oak undertones. A sweet-fruited and textured palate possessing supple tannins makes this a versatile food wine and suitable for any occasion.
High sunshine hours and low rainfall make Hawkes Bay New Zealand’s ‘home’ to the French Bordeaux variety Merlot. Sourced from vineyards across the region on free-draining gravel soil the fruit is destemmed & crushed to fermentation vessels, then plunged or pulsed with oxygen to extract colour and flavour prior to maturation.

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Generous Fruit

Tasting notes

  • Black Plum
  • Dark Berry
  • Subtle Oak

Our Private Bin Merlot displays deep crimson red hues and bright aromatics of black plums and berry fruits. Subtle undertones of vanilla and cedar from oak lead to a sweet fruited and textured palate. The generous fruit and supple tannins make this a versatile food wine and suitable for any occasion.

Pairing suggestions

How to enjoy our Merlot

  • Red Meat
  • Hard Cheese
  • Mediterranean Cuisine

Our Private Bin Merlot is made to enjoy with red meats, cheese and Mediterranean style foods.


Best served at: 15 °C / 60 °F

Sunny and diverse

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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