This iconic, full-bodied red wine is from an exceptional Hawke’s Bay vintage and represents the very best parcels from our Bridge Pa Triangle and Gimblett vineyards. Differential picking was used to target only the lowest vigour areas of each block, delivering dense, powerful wines. The use of traditional winemaking techniques emphasises great depth of aroma and avour, and develops a classical structure that reigns in the fruit richness and promises great aging potential.
This is a dense and powerful, yet classically proportioned wine with layers of complexity. A core of rich blackberry, dark plum, cherry and cassis-like fruit is overlaid with beguiling lifted aromatics including rose petal, violet, sandalwood and cedar. In contrast to these brighter elements, subtle notes of cacao, vanilla and dried currant bring a dark luxuriousness to the aroma and flavour profile. Structurally, the wine presents with beautiful fruit weight and richness across the mid palate typical of good Hawke’s Bay Merlot. The taut structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon keeps the plushness of the Merlot in check with firm, powdery tannins and excellent textural presence on the finish. The overall balance between these two elements provides a linear, seamless feel across the palate and a sense of subtle, lithe power without excessive heaviness.