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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.

HAY MAKER Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

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

ALCOHOL VOLUME

12.5%

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.0 g/L

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE 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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