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'Saint John' Select Vineyards Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013

NZ $25.00 incl GST

From the red wine vintage of the century! (So far....)

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Hawkes Bay, Merlot and blends


Winemakers Notes

Hawkes Bay had a dream vintage in 2013 and the fruit that we harvested was in superb condition. Our 2013 SV Merlot comes from fruit grown on a vineyard situated in the Bridge Pa Triangle. This property was once owned by a gentleman named St John Yorke (note however that St John is pronounced SIN-jin). We have named this wine in his honour. The fruit was picked on the evening of Wednesday 27 March and trucked overnight to Auckland. The wine went to barrel in September 2013 and received two rackings before it came out of barrel in August 2014. It received a light fining and was bottled in March 2015.

Alc 14%
Acid 6.6 g/L
Res Sugar 2.5 g/L
pH 3.55

Tasting Notes
Colour: This is a deeply coloured wine. It has an almost black core running to a deep purple-red rim.
Bouquet: Opulent and ripe. Black Doris plum wrapped in some subtle, background oak.
Palate: Rich and full, yet soft and round.

This has a superb tannin structure that has aged 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.
Independent Reviewer's Comment

Gold Medal Hawke's Bay Wine Awards 2016

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