WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT CABERNET 2012



SEASON
Hawkes Bay had a cold spring which affected bud burst. This was followed by a fairly wet start to summer, but careful crop management ensured optimal fruit was available for ripening over late February. The end of summer and harvest was dry and ensured good fruit ripeness on a small yield.

VINEYARD
The grapes are from two separate vineyards, the Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels and the Cabernet 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 blackcurrant finish accentuate this fruit forward wine.

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 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet
Region Hawke's Bay
Harvest Date 20th and 30th April
Bottling Date August 2013
Alcohol 12.5%
Acidity 5.0 g/l
Residual sugar <1.6 g/l
Oak 10% new 100% French oak, 90% tank matured