Merlot performed with real distinction in Hawkes Bay in 2016 - so much so that we decided to release our first single varietal merlot under the Select Vineyards label. The Merlot parcel was harvested on 28 March from our Gimblett Gravels block. Post ferment and MLF the wine went off to oak. The Merlot came out of barrel in early July 2017. There is some new, French, oak in the wine, but not a huge amount. The wine was bottled on 3 August 2017.