Merlot and Malbec both performed with real distinction in Hawkes Bay in 2015. Both Gimblett Gravels parcels were harvested on 8th April and were trucked overnight to Auckland. Post ferment and MLF the wines went off to oak. The Merlot came out of barrel in September 2016 and the Malbec in October 2016. The final assemblage is 57% Merlot and 43% Malbec. There is some new, French, oak in the wine, but not a huge amount. The wine was bottled on 15th and 16th February 2017.
“Stillness and depth mark the fruit presence, which resonates with dark plum and an endearing herbal twist. Soft ripe tannins provide direction and flow” Cuisine.