Prestige Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Prestige Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

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 to long term aging.


Silver – A & P Bayleys Hawke's Bay Wine Awards 2016
Silver  – New Zealand International Wine Show 2016

Winemaker's Notes

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Yvonne Lorkin - 4.5 Stars

The river terraces of Hawke’s Bay’s Mangatahi Valley are littered with boulders the size of basket balls. Here these rocks are known as the ‘Mangatahi Swedes’.  The great Bordeaux red grapevines love wrapping  their roots around them on their journey down to find water. I adore the lift of dried herb, rose, dark cocoa and pomegranate.  The tannins are slippery, elastic, yet have delicious ‘cling’.  It’s a very feminine blend, plush yet powerful.  Enjoy with beef shin ragu and parpardelle…


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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