Discover our Hawke's Bay Merlot with ripe tannins with concentrated flavours.
- Concentrated notes of plum, dark berries and underlying cassis and warming spice.
- The palate is soft with finely balanced supple tannins and a rich lingering finish.
- Dietary information
- Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and a gluten free diet.
- Cellaring Recommendation
- Enjoy now, or cellar up to 3 years.
The low yielding Merlot was harvested and de-stemmed directly into a mixture of open and closed fermenters. A traditional warm fermentation followed with regular pump overs to help craft a wine with elegance and balance. The fruit remained on skins after fermentation to build structure and mouthfeel, it was then gently pressed, settled and racked to stainless steel tanks to undergo malolactic fermentation. After aging with a range of oak, it was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
The growing season in Hawke’s Bay started out warm and relatively dry. An early summer lead to a very hot January and February. Weather was challenging for the first few weeks of March, with a significant rain event causing localized flooding in some areas. By April the weather favoured later ripening varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah.
Leave the land better than we found it
At Yealands, we aim to leave the land better than we found it. We achieve this through a wide range of initiatives and on-going projects including developing wetlands, making our own special compost and using natural pest control measures in our vineyard.