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2009 MERLOT

WINEMAKING NOTES

This Merlot from Askerne Vineyard was grown on the stony soils on the lower terrace. The fruit was hand-harvested. It was destemmed and crushed, then macerated and fermented in tank. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (33% new, 18 % 1 yr old, the rest 2 yrs old).

ANALYSIS

pH 3.76

TA 5.85g/l

Alcohol 14%

TASTING NOTES

Traditional winemaking techniques have produced this wine that displays aromas of dark berry and plum with truffle and spice. A well balanced wine with lifted berry and plum and a fine chalky tannin. Plum and spice follow on the finish. An all round wine to drink with pizza, pasta and Sunday roast. Aging potential 3 to 5 years.

AWARDS

Silver Medal Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards