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.
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.
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.
Spiced cloves and nutmeg feature on the nose. Ripe
peachy plum and blackberry on the palate finishes with
violet and toasty oak.
Serve with a wide range of pasta dishes, particularly any
with a mushroom or tomato base.