The Regent of Tantallon Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet 2015

The namesake of this wine was another prominent red - James Douglas, the 4th Earl of Morton and Regent of Scotland from 1572 to 1578. Tantallon Castle, was the seat of the Red Douglases who were one of the most commanding baronial families in Scotland for over 300 years.
Our wine, The Regent of Tantallon is just as commanding as the Red Douglases. Born in 2009, it is slightly younger yet still displays all the characteristics fit to mingle with nobility. Produced using grapes from our Tantallon vineyard, based in the Hawkes Bay.
A masterful Bordeaux-style blend that portrays all the traits of a great leader – courage and softness (Merlot), combined with powerful forward leadership (Cabernet Sauvignon).

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Tasting Notes

Bursting with ripe dark fruits, and complex aromas of leather, dried herbs and subtle nutty oak. Concentrated flavours of cassis with fine grained tannins and charry oak. A big, impressive wine, extended time in oak has created a wine of intensity and interest. This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared for up to 10 years.

Wine Review

“Set for a long life, this is a sturdy, fleshy, youthful red, deeply coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, nutty, savoury notes adding complexity and a firm foundation of tannin. Best drinking 2022+.”

Winestate Magazine

“Full and still fairly youthful in colour, with a fragrant, fresh bouquet, it is a refined, mouthfilling red, with deep, vibrant blackcurrant/plum flavours, silky tannins, and lots of current-drinking appeal.”

Michael Cooper

Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes were harvested from the Tantallon vineyard 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 hand plunged several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 14 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and put to barrel where it was aged for 30 months before blending. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing. Bottling was in May 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