Hills And Rivers Merlot 2020

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HRMR202010 UCNZ
  • A deep, rich Merlot with a vibrant purple-red colour.
  • Fine, grippy tannins, great fruit acidity and lingering blackcurrant notes.
  • Created by a top boutique Hawkes Bay vineyard, aged in old French oak for 12 months.
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Editors notes

A deep, rich Merlot with a vibrant purple-red colour in the glass. Opulent, soft aromas of Black Doris plum and ripe blackberries with hints of flint and cedar spice. The palate is supple and inviting, with rich dark fruit flavours, cinnamon and baking spice. Fine, grippy tannins, great fruit acidity and lingering blackcurrant notes. Created by a top boutique Hawkes Bay vineyard, aged in old French oak for 12 months.

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Tasting Profile

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  • Aroma
    • Cassis
    • Plum
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cherry
    • Plum
    • Redcurrant

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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Locations

New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.

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About the brand Hill River Estate Wines

With vineyards located in The Riverland and most recently Clare Valley, Hill River wines have a “Perfectly Balanced” blend of fruit from South Australia’s most prolific wine growing regions. Ramco Vineyard was originally established by G.Gramp & Sons back in 1953, the vineyards have a long history of producing fantastic fruit year after year. Varieties grown include Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, Viognier, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Rubienne. Rubienne is a product developed with CSIRO. The variety is exclusive to Hill River Estate Wines and is a cross between Spanish variety Sumoll and French classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Brands are award winning, ethically produced and value for money. Hill River wines are “Estate Grown – On the Farm” at Ramco, Playford and Hill River Vineyards.

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