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Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot 2015

Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot 2015

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The Milestone Series celebrates our dedication from the vineyard to the winery – creating benchmark wines from the Hawke's Bay region. Beautifully integrated nuances of hazelnuts, hot fudge, mahagony and vanilla underpin a sweet ripe, core of fruit. A very balanced palate leads onto a long, elegant finish.


A very aromatic Merlot with fresh fruit notes of blackcurrant and plum supported by subtle toasty oak. Soft supple tannins on the palate lead to a rich lingering finish.

Tasting Notes

Winemaking: Miles Dinneen
Viticulture: Bryon Strachan
Harvested: 31st March – 8th April 2015
Vineyard: Hawke’s Bay
Oak: Aged in older French and American barriques and stainless steel tanks
Alc/vol: 13.5%
RS: below 2g/l
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.89g/l

VITICULTURE
2015 was a warm dry year in Hawkes Bay, WITH average temperatures through the growing season, which provided ideal conditions for ripening Merlot. The fruit was sourced primarily from our Kereru Road vineyard at Mangatahi. The vines are trained to VSP and undergo extensive canopy management to deliver ripe fruit. Early crop regulation with 100% leaf removal in the fruit zone means that the grapes grow up in the sun, free of fungal disease, with thick skins and fully mature phenolics. This allowed us to achieve excellent fruit maturity and vibrant flavours at harvest.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
Machine harvested and destemmed directly into a mixture of open and closed fermenters. Hand plunging and pump over techniques were used for cap management. Maceration on skins optimised extraction and harmonisation of flavour, colour and tannin. After pressing, the wines underwent Malolactic fermentation in tanks and barrels. The blend was assembled after spending the winter months aging, filtered for clarity and bottled.

WINE AND FOOD
A very aromatic Merlot with fresh fruit notes of blackcurrant and plum supported by subtle toasty oak. Soft supple tannins on the palate lead to a rich lingering finish.

Food pairing suggestions: Lamb chops with a side of mashed potatoes.

Download Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot 2015 Tasting Notes (PDF 552k)

Food & Wine Matching

RED MEAT

Beef, Lamb, Venison

PORK

POULTRY

Chicken, Turkey, Duck

HARD CHEESE

Cheddar, Parmesan

SOFT CHEESE

Brie, Mascarpone, Crème Fraiche

PUNGENT CHEESE

Blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton

Awards

2013 vintage - Silver Medal, 
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015

2013 vintage - Silver Medal,
New World Wine Awards 2015

2013 vintage - Silver Medal,
NZ International Wine Show 2014

2012 vintage - Trophy for Champion Merlot,
Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013

2012 vintage - Gold Medal,
Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013

2012 vintage - Pure Silver Medal,
Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2013

2011 vintage - Silver Medal,
International Wine and Sprirts Competition 2012

2009 vintage - Gold Medal,
New Zealand International Wine Show 2011 

Product Reviews

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES MERLOT
2012 Sam Kim 10 November 2013
WINE ORBIT

"A lovely medium-bodied merlot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark plum, floral and hints of dried herb and roasted nut characters. It's ripe and nicely textured on the palate with fine, gently drying tannins providing a pleasing dry finish. A well-proportioned red. At its best: now to 2016." 4 Stars and 86/100

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