Flying Sheep Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Flying Sheep Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This is a classic Hawkes Bay blend and so we’re looking to build on the regions natural suitability with this variety and really push our vineyards ability to ripen with powerful aromatics. We’d usually see these aromatics develop hand in hand with deep and vibrant crimson hues.  

Ageing this wine in French oak barriques helps to enhance and cedar and earthy characters along with a richly textured, balanced palate. Suppleness on the palate is a hallmark of good Hawkes Bay blended red and we look to develop fine-grained tannins with extended time on skins before pressing. This ensures the wine is approachable and capable of developing further complexity with medium-term aging.


4 Stars –Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 Stars –Sam Kim Wine Reviews

Winemaker's Notes

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Raymond Chan
Dark, deep, black-hued garnet-red colour with some bricking on rim.  The nose is soft and fine with building aromas of ripe, earthy, dark plum fruit along with subtle iron and tar elements.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has a dense core of rich and luscious red plum and berry flavours.  Earthy nuances intermingle with tar notes, adding detail and savoury interest.  The mouthfeel is soft and rounded with supple tannins in support, and lead to a full, dry finish with cedary oak notes.  This is a soft-textured Merlot-based wine with good density of plum and earthy flavours.  Serve with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years.  A blend of 69.5% Merlot and 30.5% Merlot fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in 30% new French oak barriques.  17.5-/20  Aug 2013 

Sam Kim
Elegantly styled, this is gentle and smooth showing dark plum, game and subtle spicy oak aromas on the nose. The palate is medium-full and rounded with bright fruit flavours and polished tannins. At its best: now to 2016. 14%. Screw cap. July 2013.

Wines are sold in multiples of 6 bottles. You are welcome to order any combination of wines to make up 6 bottles.

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