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In the wine tasting room adjacent to the cellar at Cable Bay Vineyard on Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand.
Our host was pouring the Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet. A new blend to me but evidently a traditional Bordeaux style. As a Coonawarra Red devotee, I thought until now that New Zealand could only produce good white wines. I was wrong – this wine was was great but the official tasting notes describe it better than I can:
WINE MAKER Neill Culley
VARIETY 39% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc
REGION Waiheke Island
VINEYARDS Five hillside vineyards throughout Waiheke Island
FERMENTATION/AGING 14 months French Oak.
Combination new & old
CELLARING POTENTIALThis wine will reward cellaring for up to 7 years
An elegant blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, displaying ripe fruit and a touch of wild herb, balanced by fine, supple tannins. Warm, rich plum and cassis characters give rise to hints of mocha and cedar – Additional complexity will develop overtime.
Cable Bay Head Chef William Thorpe suggests serving this wine with a scotch fillet steak.
This wine is produced from grapes grown on five hillside vineyards located at the Western end of Waiheke Island. The sun-drenched slopes and clay soils provide the ideal terroir for producing ripe, flavoursome Bordeaux grapes. The vineyards are managed using traditional techniques including shoot thinning, green harvest and hand leaf- plucking. The yield from these vines is low, typically 1.5 to 2 tonnes/acre, resulting in excellent concentration and length in the finished wine.
The grapes were hand harvested and gently crushed into small open top fermenters. During fermentation, hand plunging is used to ensure the gentle extraction of colour and tannins from the fruit. After a period of post-fermentation maceration, the free run wine only is run to French oak barriques for 14 months maturation. The final blend is a reflection of both the growing season, and the character each variety contributes to make an elegant, balanced wine.
Taken with Pentax k-r on 21 July 2011 at Waiheke Island near Auckland, New Zealand.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Minor adjustments to colour, shadows, highlights cropping and sharpening in PSE 9.
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