This is a 100% Merlot from our Roy’s Hill Vineyard and has no added sulphur.
Colour: A medium ruby red colour.
Aromatics: Notes of black and red fruit; blackcurrant, plum and cherry plus savoury notes.
Palate: A medium bodied Merlot with vibrant black and red fruit flavours, soft tannins and subtle oak treatment. Matured in seasoned French oak barrels. Suitable Suitable for vegans and preservative free.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 20th March 2022.
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 without adding any sulphur. Nor was any sulphur added at bottling.
Bottled: 24th August 2022.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 2-4 years.
93 points. Very attractive bouquet with ripw plums and red berry aromas, some black currant and cassis moments then very mild barrel spice layers and a stony dried herb quality. Youthful, taut, firm and dry on the palate, contrasting core fruit flavours reflect the bouquet with a light botanical note adding complexity and back palate textures. Firm tannins and medium+ acid line, well made, youthful and ready to drink from 2024 through 2030.