Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013
has a deep ruby with a purple hue. An intense nose of ripe plums is complemented by liquorice aromas. Rich, dark berry fruit flavours with hints of mocha. Fine, soft tannins promote a round texture with a lingering finish.
After harvest, the grapes were crushed in open-top tanks and standard fermenters and inoculated with cultured yeasts selected to enhance varietal expression. During active fermentation, caps were plunged three times daily with 24 days total maceration on skins. The individual parcels were drained to a mixture of French and American oak barrels and matured for 12 months before final blending as can be tasted in Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013.
New Zealand experienced the driest growing season in 70 years and the sunniest first three months of the year since 1930, providing the perfect grape growing conditions. Add this to the ideal harvest conditions and wine experts are already hailing it as the Vintage of a Lifetime.
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Control over grape supply has always been essential for this range and Constellation has maintained good contacts with growers in the region, ensuring consistency of quality and style.
These grapes are from Kim Crawfords Corner 50 vineyard, planted on the Redmetal soils of the Ngatarawa Triangle.