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Te Awa Merlot 2004

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A blend of 86 % Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Late summer rains followed a cooler than average summer in the 2003/2004 growing season. However March and April were dry and warm giving an excellent finish to the season. This allowed our grapes to ripen fully and develop a complex flavour profile and mature tannins. Picking of the red varieties started late March and finished late April. These grapes are all grown on the certified Gimblett Gravels.

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A blend of 86 % Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Late summer rains followed a cooler than average summer in the 2003/2004 growing season. However March and April were dry and warm giving an excellent finish to the season. This allowed our grapes to ripen fully and develop a complex flavour profile and mature tannins. Picking of the red varieties started late March and finished late April. These grapes are all grown on the certified Gimblett Gravels.

Through experience we have found to achieve the best expression of our vineyard, we ferment our Malbec grapes with a portion of Merlot. We feel this is essential to the integration and balance of the wine. Otherwise we followed traditional red wine making techniques to work the fermenting vats. In 2004 we blended the different parcels of our vineyard in spring after careful assessment of the quality of each variety and its place in the blend. Malbec and Cabernet Franc have given perfume and complexity to the Merlot’s sweetness and roundness of texture, while the Cabernet Sauvignon brings a wonderful finesse to the tannins. The wine spent 15 months in barrel and was regularly racked to ensure clarification and development of the tannins.

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