Rongopai Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2012

Grapes:
68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region:
Hawke’s Bay - Gimblett Gravels

Winemaker:
Adam Hazeldine

Recommended Food:
Enjoy it with a whole scotch fillet ideally cooked on the bbq. Also would make a good partner for ratatouille.

Recommended Cellaring:
2-4 years

Production Notes:
Parcels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested at optimum ripeness. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tank with frequent pump-overs and plungings to ensure good colour and tannin extraction. The blend was assembled in late 2012 and spent a further six months in oak prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Brambly forest fruits, plums, leather and cedar notes present on the nose. A lovely soft, sweet fruited entry of ripe plums leads into a generous palate with a pleasing warmth and fine structure. Tobacco and spice, and more plums and berry fruits complete this happy experience.

Awards:
SILVER MEDAL - China Wines & Spirits Awards Best Value 2015

Reviews:
"A light, easy-going red, the bouquet shows mature fruit, game, mixed spice and nutty characters. The medium-bodied palate is fruity and smooth, and finishes gently dry."
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz - Oct 2015