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Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2013

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2013

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$37.75
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$39.95 (RRP)
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$226.55
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$39.95 (RRP)
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Our Winemakers Collection includes the very best parcels of fruit, carefully prepared and selected from our own vineyards, crafted with passion into the most exceptional wines Hawke’s Bay has to offer.


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.

Tasting Notes

Winemaking: Miles Dinneen
Viticulture: Bryon Strachan
Harvested: April 2013
Vineyard: Mere and Kereru 
Oak: Aged for 14 months in French barriques – 72% new
Alc/vol: 14.5%
RS: Dry
pH: 3.85
TA: 5.03 g/l

VITICULTURE
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.

WINEMAKING COMMENTS
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)

Food & Wine Matching

RED MEAT

Beef, Lamb

Awards

2013 vintage- Gold,
New Zealand International Wine Show 2018
Sydney International Wine Challenge 2017

2013 vintage- Silver Outstanding,
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018

2012 vintage - Pure Gold,
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

2011 vintage - Pure Gold,
Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Product Reviews

CROSSROADS VINEYARD SELECTION HAWKES BAY MERLOT CABERNET 2009
1 January 2012
WINESTATE ANNUAL EDITION 2012

"Best Merlot in Australasia made in NZ"- 2011 Winestate Wine of the Year awards

CROSSROADS VINEYARD SELECTION HAWKES BAY MERLOT CABERNET 2009
1 April 2011
WINESTATE MAGAZINE

“Strapping Hawkes Bay blend (15% alc/vol), muscular but not heavy, with dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, French oak complexity and buried tannins. Powerful, fleshy, very rich and supple, in a youthful, supercharged style, deliciously lush and smooth.”

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