Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
The vineyards of Te Ika a Maui yield a quality of Merlot that's world class. Nobilo take the pick of crop from the finest sites in Hawkes Bay, to create a wine that's endowed with generosity of fruit, velvet textural flavours and the most hospitable tannins. The team at Nobilo have put so much effort into formulating the country's finest Merlot, that they have set aside half the company's resources at the state of the art Corner 50 development for the advancement of Merlot as a pure varietal wine.
Grapes are picked to optimum sugar/ acidity parameters and excellent flavour profiles. Fruit is destemmed but not crushed, grapes are transferred to a mixture of open top and closed vessels for inoculation to cultured yeasts. Juices are fermented on skins for eighteen days at temperatures up to thirty degrees. Careful cap management for full colour development and the production of soft, fine tannins. Upon completion of primary ferments, components are treated to a spell of maceration and a course of malolactic, before being pressed and held for a term of age, a portion is transferred to prior use French and American barriques for oak maturation.
Bright red, purple hues. Intense aromas of plum and mulberry with hints of coffee, mocha and spice. Sweet, mouth filling plum and blackberry flavours, overlaying a structure of fine grained tannins. The palate is full and soft, a seamless meld of fruit with a touch of mocha and spice, subtle vanillin adds depth and complexity. A finish of good length, supple and soft.