Te Awanga Estate Merlot Cabernet Franc 2013$0.00
A wine styled for approachability, but that will benefit from some bottle age. Ten years cellaring potential.
Premium grapes were first grown in Te Awanga at the beginning of last century. The warm coastal climate, gentle sea breezes and the shallow clay soils combine to produce award winning wines of great varietal flavour and finesse.
Autumn 2013 was long and dry. The age of our Merlot vines are 17 years and Cabernet Franc 12 years old with a combination of clones and rootstocks. The mix of clay, alluvial silts, volcanic ash and gravels make this in interesting and potentially high quality site. We believe Merlot is particularly well suited to this vineyard and results over the last two decades have proven this to be the case
Fruit was destemmed and crushed to open and closed fermenters where the must was fermented hot to maximize extraction of tannin, colour and flavour. The fermenting juice was on skins for an average of just under four weeks. This allowed for the full build of tannin and mouth feel before the wine was pressed and run to barrel where it was aged for 18 months in new and used French oak.
CATEGORY: Red wine
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: New Zealand
VARIETAL: Merlot, Cabernet Franc%
UNITS PER: 6
BOTTLE SIZE: 75cl