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Hawkes Bay

Mud House Hawkes Bay Merlot 2012

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Ripe berry fruit aromas with a touch of spice and dark choclate lead to a meduim bodied flavoursome palate with fine tannins.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep Ruby
Nose: 
<p>Ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and dark chocolate.</p>
Palate: 
<p>Medium bodied with a flavoursome palate and fine tannins.</p>
Serve: 
<p>Room temperature</p>
Peak Drinking: 
Now - 2015
Suggested Food Match: 
<p>Hearty venison stew.</p>
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
5.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
4.2 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 

Sourced from carefully selected Hawkes Bay vineyards. The Hawkes Bay vineyards are situated on clay loam soils, sands and free draining gravels.

Vintage Conditions: 
<p>The grape growing season throughout the Hawkes Bay began with a warm start which resulted in good flowering and fruit set. Cool growing conditions and rain events towards the end of the season provided some challenges, but the spread of our vineyard sites across the region allowed us to harvest the fruit at optimal ripeness and flavour.</p>
Grape Variety: 
<p>Merlot</p>
Maturation: 
<p>Once harvested, the fruit was brought into the winery where it was de-stemmed into a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation took 10 days, during which it was pumped over twice a day to help extract colour, fruit flavours and tannins. The wine then went through a full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel before being fined using natural methods prior to bottling.</p>

Mud House Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

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Ripe berry fruit aromas with a touch of spice and dark chocolate lead to a medium bodied flavoursome palate with fine tannins.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red.
Nose: 
Ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and dark chocolate.
Palate: 
Medium bodied with flavoursome palate and fine tannins.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
2012-2014
Suggested Food Match: 
Venison stew.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from selected Hawkes Bay vineyards situated on clay loam soils, sands and free draining gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonal rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick ripe flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
100% Merlot
Maturation: 
Once harvested, the fruit was brought into the winery where it was de-stemmed into a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation took ten days, during which it was pumped over twice a day to help extract colour, fruit flavour and tannin. The wine then went through a full MLF in stainless steel before being fined using natural methods prior to bottling.

Mud House Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

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Ripe berry fruit aromas with a touch of spice and dark chocolate lead to a medium bodied flavoursome palate with fine tannins.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red.
Nose: 
Ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and dark chocolate.
Palate: 
Medium bodied with a flavoursome palate and fine tannins.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
2012— 2014
Suggested Food Match: 
Venison stew.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 /L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from selected Hawkes Bay vineyards situated on clay loam soils, sands and free draining gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonal rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick ripe flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
100% Merlot
Maturation: 
Once harvested, the fruit was brought into the winery where it was de-stemmed into a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation took ten days, during which it was pumped over twice a day to help extract colour, fruit flavour and tannin. The wine then went through a full MLF in stainless steel before being fined using natural methods prior to bottling.

Mud House Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010

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Enticing fruitcake, spice and chocolate aromas lead to a medium bodied palate with juicy plum and mocha flavours.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red
Nose: 
Fruitcake spice and chocolate aromas.
Palate: 
Medium bodied with juicy plum and mocha flavours.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
2011-2014
Suggested Food Match: 
Hearty Lamb Casserole
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.75%
Acidity: 
5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The fruit was sourced from the Stewar vineyard in the Bridge-pa sub region of Hawkes Bay.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started with a cool summer and there was concern about ripeness and reduced yields due to poor fruit set. However, a hot dry autumn with perfect weather throughout March and April provided the warmth and time for the fruit to ripen. As it turned out, harvest dates were almost two weeks later than expected across the region and most volumes were lower than expected but flavours and colour development in the merlot blocks were better than average.
Grape Variety: 
90% Merlot with a touch if Cab Franc.
Maturation: 
Maturation of this wine was in a mix of stainless steel vessels and older French oak barriques.

HAY MAKER Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

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Ruby red in colour this medium bodied 2011 Hawkes Bay Merlot has inviting aromas of plum, cherries, mocha spice and a touch of peppermint. The fruit flavours follow through onto the palate with well structured tannins. A great match with beef and lamb dishes.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red.
Nose: 
Plum and cherries, mocha spice and a touch of mint.
Palate: 
The red fruit flavours continue on the palate. Medium bodied with well structured tannins.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Lamb dishes.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
5.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced form selected Hawkes Bay vineyards.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonal rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick rip flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
Merlot
Maturation: 
After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed into stainless steel fermenters. The warm fermentation was started with specifically selected cultured yeast and the must was plunged up to three times per day to extract the colour and flavour from the skins.
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