Hawke’s Bay 2016

Region:Hawke’s Bay (Heretaunga)
Varietal:85% Merlot, 15% Malbec

Shepherd’s Croft - Ngarororo River, Bridge Pa District
Lesley’s Vineyard - Ngarororo River, Bridge Pa District

Colour:Palest salmon pink.
Bouquet:Poached rhubarb, cranberry juice with savoury nuances of wet earth and mushroom.
Palate:Rich and broad but with a dry savoury texture.
Production:1000 x 6pk cases (100% Stelvin Lux closure).
Cellaring:1-2 years
Technical notes:pH 3.30 | Acidity 6.23 g/L | Sugar 2.0 g/L | Alcohol 13.5% v/v
Serve:Chilled as an aperitif or lunch-time wine with cold meat cuts and charcuterie.

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Reviews - This vintage

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

4 stars
Strawberry pink colour with some depth and peachy hues on the rim.  This has a fresh and firmly packed nose with aromas of strawberries, cranberries, pomegranate, savoury herbs and subtle earthy and minerally detail.  The aromatics are mouth-wateringly austere and tight.  Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses a bright, fresh and fruity core with flavours of strawberries, cranberries, quince and pomegranate, along with subtle notes of fresh herbs, soft red florals and nuances of fruit pastille confectionary.  Some mouthwatering mineral elements emerge and flow along a fine, dry-textured line with fresh, crisp, racy acidity in support.  The wine carries to a long, lingering finish with a rich core of strawberries and cranberries.  This is a fresh, dry rosé with a fruity core of fruit and a mouthwatering, fine-textured palate.  A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Malbec from the ‘Shepherd’s Croft’ and ‘Lesley’s’ vineyards, Bridge Pa, fermented to 13.5% alc. and 2.0 g/L RS and aged on lees in 4,500 L oak vats.  500 dozen made.  18.0-/20  Aug 2016 

Wine Orbit

93/100, 5 stars
Made from merlot (85%) and malbec (15%), the parcels of grapes were pressed and co-fermented in old 4,500-litre oak vats, then aged on lees. It is elegantly expressed on the nose showing citrus, red apple, cherry and floral characters with subtle savoury notes. The palate is beautifully weighted and textured with delicate fruit intensity, backed by integrated acidity. Lovely influence of fine phenolics, making the wine a terrific food partner. At its best: now to 2018.