Theory & Practice Hawkes Bay 2020 Merlot
This Merlot 87%, Cabernet Franc 13% blend is from the super 2020 Hawkes Bay Red wine vintage. A vintage for the ages, that has seen the top wines sell out incredibly quickly. This little charmer is a steal.
“A complex savoury nose with fruit characters of plums and cassis. Strong barrel notes of vanilla spice reflect the extended maturation in French oak barrels. The palate is full bodied and very rich with a toasty and savoury complexity. The richness is coming from both the very ripe fruit and the new barrels. An umami like savouriness-beef stock and mushroom-comes from a long maturation time on yeast lees without racking. Supple front palate tannins come from gentle extraction of the grape skins. These tannins help balance the fruit richness and give the wine structure without contributing hardness.” Ant McKenzie Winemaker