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Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by.. Satiations from the nethermost regions»
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Established 1851 by the French Marist order, Mission Estate are New Zealand's oldest winery, under continuous management ever since. The city of Lyon's Society of Mary sailed to New Zealand with little more than faith, fair winds and a few healthy vines. Men of Burgundy, they knew from good wine, they chose their ground and planted rootstock near Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. Agriculture and livestock were a necessity, but the establishment of a productive vineyard was essential. The area is now known as Hawke's Bay, internationally renowned for the rich terroirs of Gimblett Gravels, home of New Zealand's most salient brands... The burgundy tradition of te ika a maui»
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Pizzini Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot King Valley Victoria
Fruit driven, high altitude Merlot in all its splendor, grown to reclaimed tobacco country, as fashioned by a team that has stewarded their vineyards from infancy. Trials with different clones, the continual search for the perfect oak to suit each vineyard parcel, and the team's passion for contemporary styles, are all keystones to ensuring Pizzini remain a leader in the production of fine high country Merlot. A gentle red wine that's wonderful with food, well supported by smooth, soft tannins and gentle oak, finishing with a juicy, fruit filled crunch.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
Vineyards at Pizzini are researched and operated with a great emphasis placed on clonal management regimes and vine trellising. The aim is to strike better balance between number of vines per hectare, type of trellising, soil types and land aspect so that the vineyard is better able to produce quality fruit with a concentration of flavour. Vines are planted to the gentle undulating slopes of King Valley as well as the second terrace flats leading down to King River. The relationship between Merlot, climate and conditions of the vineyard are very complex, Pizzini have found the right combination and have honed their vines to produce a mouthfilling Tuscan style of Merlot.
Rich plum red in colour. The nose has lovely hints of plums and savoury spice, mulberries and anise with leather notes and earthy undertones, evolving fragrances of dried herbs and dark chocolate. The palate is soft, round and very generous. Tightly structured with good length on the back palate and a fleshy, juicy middle. A rich, round but firm tannin structure, good oak and finally, excellent length towards the finish.
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