STONE PADDOCK BY PARITUA MERLOT 2014
This Merlot is a prime example of the style produced from the stony soils of Hawke’s Bay. Plum aromas with five spice, vanilla, and cedar notes from the oak. The palate is plush and velvety and shows dark fruits dominated by plum and clove and cardammon, supported by fleshy tannins. The oak influence is subtle and provides structure and a light vanilla lift to the aroma.
The Merlot at Paritua are planted on free draining red metal soils. The vines are managed with an open canopy to provide good airflow and exposure to sunlight. All the canopies are single cordon spur pruned.
All fruit is destemmed to closed fermenters. Some cold soaking takes place before ferment and fermentation is for approximately 10 days with regular pump overs to optimise extraction of colour flavour and tannin. Daily assessment of flavour and structure determines when we press. The must is pressed when maximum flavour is achieved. We then keep each batch separate during barrel maturation for 12 months. Blending takes place prior to bottling, with blending trials before each racking. We generally rack four times a year to clarify the wines naturally.
This wine will continue to age gracefully for several years. Ideal drinking from 2014 till 2024 or beyond.
Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 11% and Malbec 4% Alcohol 13.5% alc Standard drinks (contains 8.0 standard drinks)
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