2016 Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

These wines are expertly crafted from fruit harvested from our own vineyards, situated in prime locations in both Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Both regions are renown for producing award winning varietal because of the optimal climate in which the vines are grown to produce distinctive New Zealand wines.

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Tasting Notes

The aroma is very vibrant with ripe dark fruits, blackberries and cassis, subtle nutty oak and a slight earthiness add complexity. The palate shows fine grained tannins that provide structure and length to the fruit flavours. This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared for up to eight years.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this wine came from our Tantallon vineyard in the Hawke’s Bay.
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 18 months before blending. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing. Bottling was in February 2019.

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