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Vinovate Wines™ - MC - 2009 Merlot


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Maimai Merlot 2009Maimai Creek 2009 Merlot

maimai logo 2 The Hawke's Bay grape growing region is situated on the east coast of New Zealand and is bounded in the west by the Kaweka mountain range and in the east by the Pacific Ocean. Hawke's Bay, is loved for its sunny climate, fabulous beaches, sheltered coastal plains and long-established vineyards.


Vintage: 2009

Varietal Mix: 100% Merlot

Alcohol: 13.9%

pH: 3.59

Residual Sugar: <1gm/l

Total Acidity: 5.1gm/l

Region: Hawke's Bay

Sub Region: Red Metal Triangle

Harvest Date: 18th April 2009


It's beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying dark plum, spice, floral and nutty characters. The palate is succulent and rounded with silky texture and supple tannins. An immediately appealing Merlot showing classic fleshy mouthfeel and fruit intensity with subtle influences of oak.


Viticulture: Grown on the free draining soils of the Red Metal Triangle west of Hastings, this wine is thinned to low cropping levels and sustainable managed. The fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness when the flavours were fully developed allowing complexity to develop as the wine ages.

Crushing / Pressing: Hand pick, whole bunch pressed crushed de-stemmed into tank.

Fermentation: Inoculated for fermentation with selected bordeaux yeast. Fermentation peaked at 28°. Following fermentation the wine was left on skins then was pressed off.

Barrel Handling: The wine was matured on oak chips for 9 months then filled to old oak for 8 months before being blended up and prepared for bottling.

Finning: The wine was palate fined with Egg white.

Filtration: The wine was filtered off egg white and bottled

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PDF information sheet for this wine available for download here.


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