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2014 Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

The Southern Cross is a star constellation that can be seen in the southern night sky and, also adorning the New Zealand flag. Crafted from grapes that are nurtured in fertile soils beneath those very same stars, the Southern Cross range offers whites with lush fruit characteristics and reds with earthy tones.

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Tasting Notes

Concentrated aromas of blackberry and chocolate with a hint of game. 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

This wine is from grapes grown in our Tantallon and Campbell Brook vineyards in the Hawkes Bay.

The grapes were harvested from the respective 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
cellardoor@wineportfolio.co.nz

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
info@wineportfolio.co.nz

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