Rongopai Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2009
52% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon
Hawke’s Bay - Gimblett Gravels
Enjoy it with a whole scotch fillet ideally cooked on the bbq. Also would make a good partner for ratatouille.
The Merlot was harvested in mid April, and the Cabernet Sauvignon in late April. 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 2009 and spent a further six months in oak prior to bottling months in oak.
The nose is brimming with blackberries, black currents and forest fruits which are joined by plum and tasty savoury notes. Liquorish and spice aromas intermingle perfectly. The palate is sweet and abundantly fruitful on entry developing complex savoury notes that mingle delightfully with the fruit. Gentle oak supports layers of cocoa and leather. The tannins are soft, the weight full-ish and the finish is long with lingering dark berry fruits.
"What a price for this high quality wine. Berry fruit and cedar spice on the nose and in the palate where you can add herbs and minty chocolate. The supple, young tannins make for an easy drinking, yet powerful, wine."
-TiZwine.com, September 2011
"Quite developed colour. Savoury, cooler style fruit; plum with a touch of cocoa. Moderate body. Not really intense, but pleasant. Nice velvety texture."
-WineNZ Magazine, Spring 2011
"The 2009 vintage is a solid quaffer, full-coloured, with fresh berry, herb and plum flavours, gentle tannins and a smooth finish. It’s an easy-drinking, ‘fruit-driven’ style, priced right."
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012