Glossy garnet-red colour and oozes attractive aromas of raspberry coulis,
cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth expect lavendar and dried thyme, supple, easy tannins and a smooth, warm finish.
Drink with chargrilled eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto on garlic mash.
Lifted dried herb, blackberry and peppercorn aromas lead to a lush, spicy, cranberry infused medium-bodied red with a slippery-smooth finish.
A good match for herb-crusted lamb racks and rosemary roast potatoes.
The Akarua team successfully tame their rugged Central Otago terroir and forge an exemplary Pinot Noir. All of the necessary subtleties are present, with fruit, spice, chocolate and toasty oak crafted into a joyous whole.
Deep ruby, bright clarity. Extremely fragrant with violet florals, licorice and mocha notes. Beautifully fruited mid-palate which is extremely textural and has complex red and dark fruits complemented by hints of oak spice and fine tannins. The finish is extremely long and balanced.
This classic Central Ranges Merlot oozes berryfruit, coffee, and vanilla bean. The toasty oak aromas compliment the powerful fruit beautifully. Savour the rich leathery texture as the dark chocolate flavours melt in your mouth to finish of this delicious Merlot. An exceptional wine from an exceptional producer!
The aromatics are ripe red fruits, intense raspberry and cassis, supported by well integrated oak. Delicious ripe strawberry on the palate with a touch of cherry and hint of dried spice. Enjoy with rich flavoursome food, but as with all great Pinot Noirs, avoid tomato base sauces.
It's deeply coloured and beautifully fragrant on the nose, displaying blueberry, dark plum, floral and spice characters. The palate is ripe and dense with a rounded mouthfeel and fine chalky tannins providing a lovely dry finish. An impressively fruited and engaging red with bold flavours and a striking palate. At its best: now to 2014." Sam Kim, The Wine Orbit.
Distinctive and intensely flavoured wines from Central Otago and Hawkes Bay.
Traditional winemaking techniques have produced this wine that displays Aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit with violet influences. Sweet red fruits with plum and guava dominate the palate with lingering cherry flavours and a hint of chocolate. This wine is well rounded with sweet tannins and a long finish. Ageing potential 3 to 5 years. A good accompaniment to venison or lamb.
Aroma: Savoury ripe plum and cherry, with a hint of game and smoky oak. Palate: Full to medium bodied wine with round, mouthfilling flavours of plum, cherry, pleasing weight with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and helps with the silky tannin structure. Suggested Foods: Farm raised venison, tender rare lamb, mild game, duck and oily fsh such as tuna and salmon.
One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines .The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, ranging up to 29 years old. The 2009 was voted NZ's Top NZ Pint in the Good Australian Wine Guide and a 92/100 from Parkers Wine Advocate. Just released the 2010 is looking superb "Dark cherry melds with bright, lifted red fruit aromas and hints of spice in this exotic 2010 Pinot Noir. Floral notes are present too; old-fashioned violets and a touch of rose. This vibrant pinot has a sinuous, savoury spine of tannin that spreads out to a long, silky finish. Significant vine age, especially from the 30 year-old blocks, expresses itself in depth, breadth and complexity of character; a distinctive ‘sense of place’ so evident in Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. Vine age also contributes markedly to the consistency of quality year after year."
Specially selected from vineyards in the Hawke's Bay region, we combine soft Merlot with robust Cabernet Sauvignon resulting in a full flavoured dry red with easy drinking appeal
Grapes:Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Hawke's Bay
Recommended Food: An ideal partner for an antipasto platter featuring a range of salamis and smoked meats, or any meaty casserole, like lamb shanks.
Production Notes: The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tank with frequent pump-overs and plungings to ensure good colour and tannin extraction. The blend was assembled and spent a further six months in oak prior to bottling.
Technical Notes: Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: Dry
The nose is brimming with blackberries, black currents and forest fruits which are joined by plum and tasty savoury notes. Liquorish and spice aromas intermingle perfectly. The palate is sweet and abundantly fruitful on entry developing complex savoury notes that mingle delightfully with the fruit. Gentle oak supports layers of cocoa and leather. The tannins are soft, the weight full-ish and the finish is long with lingering dark berry fruits.
A lovely floral lift overlying raspberry, blackcurrant and spicy oak aromas characterises the nose. Fresh berry flavours integrated with spicy oak characters dominate the palate which is well-balanced, showing soft, textural qualities integrated with great structural length and a prominent fruity after-taste.
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