Grape Variety: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet-Franc
Growing Region: Matakana, New Zealand
Winemaker: Tracey Haslam
Tracey with the help of her mother and grandmother planted only the finest Bordeaux red clones at their Ti Point Vineyards on the Matakana coast north of Auckland. Apart from being a picture postcard location, the site is producing exciting fruit characters. The vineyards are positioned on a north-facing slope in the rain shadow of the Whangiripo range, blessed with a constant, gentle sea breeze. A perfect place to ripen Merlot and Cabernet-Franc and the summer of 2009 was just that for this approachable wine.
Small batches of hand-picked grapes destemmed but not crushed were hand-plunged to ensure good extraction during fermentation, with 10 days post ferment maceration and then they were transferred to a traditional basket press. Fermented in small lots and then aged in two and three year old French oak barrels for 8 months to create a style of wine that is rich and balanced.
Deep violet red fills the glass, with a blend of spice and violet with earthy undertones and floral notes on the nose. The palate is full and sweet plum and cherry with leather and spice (cloves, cinnamon) and a very seductive mouth feel. A wine with good fruit weight and depth, well balanced with a smooth structure and soft integrated tannins and immense appeal, the finish is alluring with layers of character, enjoy at 17-18C.
Drinking well this season; and will age for 4-5 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with roasted meats, pizza, pasta and tapas, enjoy.