Twisted Vine (Hawkes Bay) 2016 Merlot Cabernet
Great value export label from Leveret wines,
Merlot 71%, Cabernet Sauvignon 29%
Grapes were harvested from the Tantallon vineyard and transported to our Riverview winery were they were crushed to open topped stainless steel fermentation vessels and inoculated with a range of yeast strains. The ferments were hand plunged several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 14 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and put to barrel where it was aged for 18 months before blending.
Aroma is very vibrant with ripe dark fruits, blackberries and cassis, subtle nutty oak and a slight earthiness add complexity. The palate shows fine grained tannins that provide structure and length to the fruit flavours.