Malbec Merlot 2019

malbec merlot 19Tasting Notes

A robust yet smooth wine made from 68% Malbec & 32% Merlot. Reminiscent of blackcurrants, dried cranberries and cocoa with balanced oak tannins.

Wine Information

  • Winemaker: Andrew Nimmo
  • Region: Gisborne
  • Variety: Malbec 68% Merlot 32%


  • Harvest Date: April 2019
  • Bottling Date: February 2020
  • Release Date: April 2020

Winemaker Notes

Both Malbec & Merlot grapes were fermented in open top stainless vats. After primary ferment the wines underwent full malolactic fermentation in old barrels. Oak staves were added for 9 months. A blend of the Malbec & Merlot grapes was established to provide a balanced wine.

Viticulture Notes

Malbec was machine harvested from the Reynolds’s vineyard in Makaraka, Gisborne. Merlot was machine harvested from the Jackson’s vineyard in Brunton Road, Patutahi, Gisborne. Both the malbec & merlot were harvested in excellent ripe condition.

Technical Details

  • Alcohol: 12.1%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.0
  • Total Acidity: 6.3
  • ph: 3.62
  • Cellaring: 4+ years from bottling


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