Winemaking: Miles Dinneen
Viticulture: Bryon Strachan
Harvested: April 2013
Vineyard: Mere and Kereru
Oak: Aged for 14 months in French barriques – 72% new
TA: 5.03 g/l
Our Cabernet Sauvignon parcel came from our Mere vineyard, and a small parcel of Merlot was sourced from our Kereru vineyard in Mangatahi, Hawke’s Bay. Kereru is a warm free draining site with naturally balanced vines. Early crop regulation to one bunch per shoot, with 100% leaf removal in the fruit zone, ensured even ripeness of fruit in both vineyards. 2013 was an outstanding red vintage in Hawke’s Bay, a dry temperate growing season was followed by a beautiful warm late autumn.
The fruit was hand-picked and de-stemmed directly to a small open top fermenter where the cap was gently plunged. After extended post ferment maceration the wine was run to barriques where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was aged in barriques for 14 months before the blend was assembled for bottling with no fining.
WINE AND FOOD
Ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and plum flavours are supported by complex spicy oak from extended barrel aging. The palate is rich and supple with smooth tannins and a long finish. Excellent with New Zealand grass fed lamb and beef.
Download Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2013 Tasting Notes (PDF 552k)