This is a brand new wine for Stonecroft. Traditionally we have made a Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend called Ruhanui, but this year we’re branching out with a preservative free Merlot.
Colour: A medium ruby red colour.
Aromatics: Notes of red fruit, plum and cherry plus savoury cedar and spice.
Palate: A medium bodied Merlot with vibrant red fruit flavours, soft tannins and subtle oak treatment. Matured in seasoned French oak barrels, this is a great wine to drink while it is young and vibrant. Suitable for vegans and preservative free.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 27th March 2019.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in seasoned French oak barrels for 4 months without adding any sulphur. Nor was any sulphur added at bottling.
Bottled: 9 October 2019.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 2-4 years.