WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT MALBEC 2007

      

SEASON
The 2007 growing season started with a warm November which was followed by an extraordinary summer with the Hawkes Bay having a very early ripening period. This resulted in fruit with optimum ripeness and concentration of flavours. Our Merlot grapes were harvested in the early morning of April 11th, while the Malbec grapes were harvested early morning on the 14thof April.

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
Spiced cloves and nutmeg feature on the nose. Ripe peachy plum and blackberry on the palate finishes with violet and toasty 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 11th, 14th April 2007
Bottling Date September 2008
Alcohol 14.0%
Acidity 5.6 g/l
Residual sugar <1.0 g/l
Oak 30% new 100% French oak