Greenstone Estate 2010 Merlot
The Hawke's Bay grape growing region is situated on the east coast of New Zealand and is bounded in the west by Ruahine ranges.
At Greenstone Estate we source our estate grown fruit from a small group of dedicated growers who we work carefully with to produce small handmade parcels of wines that truly reflect our unique climate and soils. Our winemakers then dedicate themselves to making the best expression of each vineyard to achieve wines that are in balance and harmony.
Region: Hawke's Bay
Varietal Mix: 100% Merlot
Residual Sugar: 2gm/l
Total Acidity: 6.0gm/l
Sourced from two different single estates to give different fruit components and a distinctly mineral and yet fruit driven style of wine, reflecting the different locations and soils of the Hawkes Bay, giving greater depth of fruit and flavour, displaying blackcurrants, and mocha spice, with forest floor and cedary notes on the nose.
Crushing / Ferment: Gentle crushing with some whole bunch parcels in the bottom of small 1.5 tonne open fermenters, these were hand plunged daily and aromatic yeast used to increase mouth-feel, fermented to dryness and left on skins for extended period before gentle pressing to tank.
Barrel Maturation: Matured in American and French Barriques.
Fining: Fining light egg white fining before bottling.
Filtration: The wine was coarse filtered.