Vineyard: The Burnfoot Vineyard is grown in the Tuki Tuki Valley on the northern side of the Tuki Tuki River opposite Te Mata Peak. Translated, Burnfoot is the property with the stream crossing it's foot. Trained on classical VSP trellis system, on free draining soils, the Merlot obtains excellent levels of ripeness, with good colour intensity, clean fruit, and ripe tannin development.
Vinification: Harvested fruit arrived at the winery on the 2nd of April 2014, at above 23 Brix. It was destemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation immediately followed, at temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. After 3 weeks of maceration, the wine was pressed, and underwent MLF. Time in French and American oak has softened the tannins, and given a full rich complexity to the flavours.
Appearance: Youthful magenta hue.
Bouquet: Rich in cigar box, plum and spice.
Palate: Rich in cigar box, plum and spice, the palate exhibits good length and depth of flavour. Very much in the tradition established by the previous vintage, the 2014 Burnfoot Merlot has an integrated palate which makes it enjoyable now, and it wont be challenged by age
Region / Country: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Food Match: Meat