Full bodied Hawkes Bay Merlot exploding with blackcurrant and plum flavours, delicious spicy vanilla notes intwined with a savoury complexity result in a banging release from Ant Mackenzie. The tannins are well balanced and this Merlot can be enjoyed with or without food.
A complex savoury nose with fruit characters of black plum and black currant bud notes.. Barrel ferment notes of coffee, funk and chorizo sausage add savoury complexity and interest. The palate is very full bodied with amazing weight and fineness. The spice notes are in the range of vanilla, caramelised sugar and toasted raisin bread. The texture on the palate is from supple front palate grape skin tannins. These tannins are largely obscured by the weight and richness of glycerol and alcohol. These underlying tannins help balance this fruit richness and give the wine structure without contributing bitterness.