2013 Gisborne / Hawkes Bay Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec

GISBORNE GARAGISTE WINE COMPANY 
CABERNET MERLOT MALBEC 2013

VITICULTURE
This wine was made using a blend of Merlot and Malbec from the Whitmore Vineyard in the Ormond region of Gisborne and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Redstone Vineyard in Hawkes Bay. These vineyard blocks all achieved optimal ripeness  in the warm autumn ripening period  in 2013 with excellent colour and ripe tannins.

HARVEST DETAILS
The fruit for this wine was harvested between the 3rd and 13th of April as each variety reached optimum condition. The average brix was 22.6 and the blend comprises one third of each variety.

WINEMAKING NOTES
Made from selected batches and vinted by Garagiste’s  Russell Walsh at the Indevin Winery in Gisborne. Following harvest the grapes were crushed to small open top fermenters.  They were then fermented in the traditional manner  plunging the skins to gently extract colour and tannin. Once malolactic fermentation was complete the Merlot and Malbec were filled to French barriques.  The Cabernet was taken off. 
Skins close to the end of ferment and finished fermentation in new French oak which comprised 33% of the blend. The separate components remained  in barrels with regular racking for 18 months. At every stage of maturation the components showed class and finesse and as a result the final wine required no fining and was bottled with minimal intervention.  

TASTING NOTES
With a dark, inky colour this is an approachable wine with blackberry, cassis, spice and liquorice aromas complemented with savoury oak.  The palate is full-bodied with bright, concentrated red fruit, velvety tannins from the length of time maturing in oak and a long finish.

WINE ANALYSIS
Alcohol
Titratable Acidity
pH
Residual sugar
13.4%
6.85g/L
3.52
<2.0 g/L

FOOD MATCH
 Somewhat surprisingly, this wine was found to be an excellent match with indian spiced dishes such as cardamom infused chickpea curry. As a general rule the weighty tannins in this wine require robust flavours to find harmony and the usual red wine matches of red meat and game will prove to match well.

CELLARING
With excellent acidity and a solid tannin backbonethis wine will improve over several years and keep for up to 15.