Saint Clair Hawke's Bay Origin Cabernet Merlot Malbec 750 ml

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Aromatic ripe red plums mixed with milk chocolate, coffee, spring floral notes and a hint of blackcurrant. A delicious blend displaying ripe plum, aromatic floral notes, fresh blackberries and fresh coffee. The palate is full and round with silky tannins, well-balanced acidity and interlaced spicy oak.

This wine is a blend of 84 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 16 per cent Merlot. Each variety was kept separate during fermentation through to blending time. The fruit for each variety was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Inoculation took place to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to a mix of tanks and older American oak. The wine underwent a clean malolactic fermentation while ageing in oak and tank for 11months. Trials of various portions of each variety took place before careful blending to create this final wine.