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Hawkes Bay Merlot 2012
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NZ $17.10
incl GST
Qty.
00942

Hawkes Bay Merlot 2012

Smooth and silky in the mouth with ripe berry flavours, soft tannins and subtle oak characters.
Winemakers Notes
Vintage 2012 was a real challenge in the Hawkes Bay. Spring and summer were very cool and wet and many vineyards suffered as a result. However, a beautifully warm and dry autumn saved the day for those who were lucky enough to make it that far. Our Bridge Pa Triangle Merlot block held on well and we have also included a small amount of Merlot from our Gimblett Gravels block. A dollop of Malbec from our Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard has been included in the assemblage. This adds an intriguing ‘wild berry’ character to the wine.
 
Analysis
Alc 13%
Acid 5.8 g/L
Res Sugar 2.5 g/L
pH 3.47

Tasting Notes
Colour: This is a moderately coloured wine, which is a function of the vintage. It has an deep core running to a deep purple-red rim
Bouquet: Opulent and ripe. Black fruits mixed with a hard to define ‘wild berry’ character and some subtle, background oak.
Palate: Rich and full, yet soft and round.

Cellaring
This wine has such softness and opulence that it is a terrific drink young proposition. However it also has a superb tannin structure that points to a wine that will age very well into the medium term.
 
Food Matches
The soft tannins and earthy flavours of merlot make it a great match with full flavoured meats such as lamb, venison, beef and game. Sauces that are not too rich will go well with this wine as will roast garlic and vegetables. Cheeses, both soft and hard are always good.
           
Suggested Wine List Description
Smooth and silky in the mouth with ripe berry flavours, soft tannins and subtle oak characters.
 
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