McWilliams All Hallows Eve Merlot 2009 CONFIRM 2009 VINTAGE

All Hallows Eve Merlot 2009 - Buy
Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
In few other places are the chapters of each season written as eloquently as they are in New Zealand, as snow heralds winter and stitch birds announce spring. All Hallow's Eve, a traditional celebration bidding farewell to one season and greeting the new, captures this spirit of renewal. Made to a lighter lower alcohol style, All Hallow's Eve has been specially created to welcome your new season.
Parcels of Merlot grown to good vineyards around Hawke's Bay are identified on the basis of vibrant aromatic qualities, distinctive varietal fruit characters and fine balance between tannins, acid and physiological ripeness. All bunches are completely destemmed and vinified on skins for a period of up to eight days. After the completion of malolactic fermentation in tank, the batches are transferred to older oak barrels for a spell of maturation and softening of tannins. Some components remain in tank to maintain freshness. Following maturation, those parcels which can best define a low alcohol style while achieving the completeness of Hawkes Bay Merlot, are assembled into the final wine. Alcohol 8.0%
Youthful crimson red colour. Fresh raspberry, black plums and cassis notes complemented by background nutmeg oak. A supple, juicy, medium bodied red with dominant red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours balanced by fine tannins. The persistent varietal fruit characters and background oak make All Hallow's Eve a fully approachable Merlot to enjoy while fresh and young. Drinking beautifully alongside grilled tuna steak or a gourmandise lentil burger.
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