WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT MALBEC 2010

      

SEASON
2010 was one of the best vintages in the Hawke's Bay area since the acclaimed 2004 vintage. A mild spring developed into a hot start to summer resulting in a strong flower set. The ripening season cooled off later in the growing season in 2010, resulting in harvest about 10 days later than last year, which is about normal. The rain-free later days of summer resulted in clean ripe fruit coming into the winery.

VINEYARD
The grapes are from two separate vineyards, the Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels and the Malbec from the Ngatarawa Triangle. The soil at the vineyard sites is a mixture of free-draining gravels from the old riverbed, and calcareous soils from the surrounding limestone hills and river terraces. The fruit coming into the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, had excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
The fruit underwent a cold maceration for a week in opentop fermenters with daily plunging prior to fermentation.The juice arrived at the winery in late April, where the raw wine was transferred to French oak barrels to be matured for twelve months. Due to the gentle handling of the wine no fining agents have been used to retain colour and character in the finished wine.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Spiced cloves and nutmeg feature on the nose. Ripe peachy plum and blackberry on the palate with a violet and a long toasty oak finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve with a wide range of pasta dishes, particularly any with a mushroom or tomato base.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 80% Merlot, 20% Malbec
Region Hawke's Bay
Harvest Date 9th and 16th April
Bottling Date May 2011
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 5.1 g/l
Residual sugar <1.0 g/l
Oak 30% new 100% French oak