2014 Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

Named after one of New Zealand’s most picturesque beach settings where the naturally formed archways emulate the interior of a Cathedral, this range of wine comes from an area just as tranquil. The grapes are selected from the eastern side of the north island where the peaceful and quiet atmosphere makes up one of New Zealand’s most respected wine growing regions.

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Tasting Notes

The results of the superb 2014 vintage are immediately evident in this deep red wine. Concentrated aromas of blackberry and chocolate with a hint of leather. The palate is full bodied, plump and juicy with sweet ripe fruit flavours supported by fine chalky tannins.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes were harvested from the Tantallon and Campbell Brook vineyards and transported to our Riverview winery were they were crushed to open topped stainless steel fermentation vessels and inoculated with a range of yeast strains. The ferments were pumped over several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 5 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and some was put to barrel where it was aged for 12 months before blending with components which had been matured in stainless steel. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing. Bottling was in November 2018.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

Leveret & Mills Reef Winery

(+64) 7 552 0795

Leveret and Mills Reef Cellar Door,
2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati

Open 9.30am to 5pm 7 days a week

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

(+64) 9 300 5053

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office,
Suite 1, 77 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland