STONE PADDOCK BY PARITUA SCARLET MERLOT, CABERNET FRANC, CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
This blended red is a prime example of the style produced from the stony soils of Hawke’s Bay. Highly scented plum, blackberry and cassis aromas with hints of five spice, cedar and fine spicy oak. The palate shows dark fruits dominated by plum and cassis while supported by firm, ripe tannins. The oak influence is subtle and provides spicy notes and great structure.
The red varieties 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 sorted with our state of the art optical sorting machine, destemmed to closed fermenters. Some cold soaking takes place before ferment and fermentation is for approximately 10 days with regular pump overs to optimize 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 and variety separate during barrel maturation for up to 12 months. The wine is blended and fined and then filtered just prior to bottling.
This wine will continue to age gracefully for several years. Ideal drinking from late 2014 till 2018 or beyond.
Merlot 73.5%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7.5% and Malbec 5%.
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Tags: MERLOT BLEND
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