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Winemakers Notes
Our 2010 SV Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec is based on two different parcels of fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from our Omahu Road Vineyard on the Gimblett Gravels and the Malbec is from our block on the Red Metals. The final assemblage is around 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1/3 Malbec. The two parcels were handled separately and run off to seasoned oak for aging. Total time in barrel was around 12 months. Vintage 2010 was stunning in Hawkes Bay and the fruit was in delightful condition. Vinification followed a very traditional Bordeaux model and this has allowed the terroir to shine through.

Alc 13.5%
Acid 6.4g/L
Res sugar 3.0g/L
pH 3.66

Tasting Notes
Colour: A beautiful deep purple/red, with a dark core and bright, flashing rim.
Bouquet: A delightful mix of dark fruits – cassis and that hard to describe wild berry character that Malbec brings to the assemblage.
Palate: Not a full bodied wine, but a wine with great balance, fineness and finesse. The tannins are soft and round and there is just enough fruit sweetness to give the wine real length and focus.

Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar for a number of years.
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.

Silver Medal Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2014

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