WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT MALBEC 2006

      

SEASON
The 2006 growing season started with an unseasonally cool November during flowering causing a poor flowering set. This reduction transpired to lower bunch yields which focused the energy on the vine into the development of intensely flavoured fruit. This was followed by an extraordinary summer with the Hawkes Bay having a very early ripening period, veraison being two weeks earlier than usual on April 13th.

VINEYARD
The Merlot and Malbec grapes come from a single vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley. The soil at the vineyard site is a mixture of free-draining gravels from the old riverbed, and calcareous soils from the surrounding limestone hills and river terraces. The fruit coming into the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, had excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
The fruit underwent a cold maceration for a week in opentop fermenters with daily plunging prior to fermentation.The juice arrived at the winery in late April, where the raw wine was transferred to French oak barrels to be matured for nine months. Due to the gentle handling of the wine no fining agents have been used to retain colour and character in the finished wine.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The resulting wine displays fruit characters of sweet red berries and plums with leather and roasted chestnut complexity integrating well with spicy French oak.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve with a wide range of pasta dishes, particularly any with a mushroom or tomato base.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 80% Merlot, 20% Malbec
Region Dartmoor Valley, Hawke's Bay
Harvest Date 13 April 2007
Bottling Date September 2007
Alcohol 14.0%
Acidity 5.6 g/l
Residual sugar <2.0 g/l
Oak 30% new French oak