2020 Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

Estate wines are made in a soft rounded style with an emphasis on natural fruit character and earlier approach-ability, for everyday enjoyment.

They represent great value for money. The wines within this range have been crafted in such a way that you can purchase and then open them immediately for your enjoyment.

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Tasting Notes

This fine Merlot Cabernet blend has lovely blackcurrant and boysenberry aromas and flavours underlined with toasty oak. Complemented with subtle liquorice, leather and velvety tannins, this full bodied wine has a long lingering finish. Matured with quality French oak for twelve months, it is deliciously approachable.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this beautifully crafted blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were selected from our superior Bridge Pa vineyard with a mix of alluvial and clay soils.

The 2020 growing season experienced a coolish spring followed by a long dry summer. These conditions proved perfect for ripening and without the pressure of rainfall, harvesting was able to done when the fruit was in its premium condition. The Merlot was harvested on 29th March, with the Cabernet 8 days later on the 6th April.

Each parcel was individually fermented in stainless steel tanks for enhanced colour and flavour extraction with specifically selected yeasts. After an extended 10 days skin contact post ferment the batches were aged in 25% new French oak. The final blend was composed on the 27th April - 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bottling took place on the 21st of May 2021, under screwcap closure.

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