Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013



Deep ruby with a purple hue. An intense nose of ripe plums is complemented by liquorice aromas. Rich, dark berry fruit flavours with hints of mocha. Fine, soft tannins promote a round texture with a lingering finish.

These grapes are from Kim Crawford‘s ‘Corner 50‘ vineyard, planted on the Redmetal soils of the Ngatarawa Triangle.

New Zealand experienced the driest growing season in 70 years and the sunniest first three months of the year since 1930, providing the perfect grape growing conditions. Add this to the ideal harvest conditions and wine experts are already hailing it as the “Vintage of a Lifetime.”

After harvest, the grapes were crushed in open-top tanks and standard fermenters and inoculated with cultured yeasts selected to enhance varietal expression. During active fermentation, caps were plunged three times daily with 24 days total maceration on skins. The individual parcels were drained to a mixture of French and American oak barrels and matured for 12 months before final blending.

14% abv
Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013
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