Merlot (Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)
FEBRUARY: LE2017, FEB 2018
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2018
Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand. Their diverse vocanic soil varies between gravel, sand, and clay which offers an ideal environment for the vineyards flooding the hillsides and banks along five rivers, which wind through the landscape. Hawke's Bay's beautiful climate offers lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions all year long. The result is a region that produces some of the finest wines in the country, and Merlot is a major contributor to this hard earned reputation. This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasing to the palate. Merlot grapes from this region thrive in a long growing season which helps concentrate the flavors as the fruit develops.
Ripe fruit with spice and soft mellowed tannins take precedence in this wine. Its lingering finish brings dark oaky spice, as well as hints of mocha and licorice. Treat yourself and enjoy with slow cooked beef or lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco. Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on a crostini drizzled with a balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine. Recommended cheese pairings for this wine include Gouda or Smoked Cheddar.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak: Medium | ABV: 13%*
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