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