Stables Reserve Merlot
Stables Reserve offers a sense of history with its name taken from the original Stables where it all started in the heart of the Hawke’s Bay more than 100 years ago. Gentle in style, the Stables range evokes life’s simple pleasures – warmth, hospitality and conversation.
GROWING SEASON AND WINEMAKING
The growing season started warmer than average which encouraged excellent flowering and fruit set. Warm and dry conditions prevailed from December through to February ensuring ripe, flavoursome fruit in excellent condition.
The grapes were crushed and transferred to a fermentation tank. The must was inoculated with a selected yeast strain to enhance varietal character. Twice daily pump overs were performed until the end of fermentation to enhance depth of flavour. The wine was left on skins for an extended period with daily tastings to determine the perfect time before pressing off the wine to achieve structure and mouthfeel. The wine was oak aged for 10 months before bottling.
Full and fruity with plum, blackberry, savoury leather and vanillin oak.
Soft and round, this well balanced wine has fresh plum and berry flavours. Fine tannins add a gentle texture and subtle oak lingers on the palate.
Beef, lamb or confit of duck.