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2014 SQM Cabernets/Merlot, Squawking Magpie
Red, Richly Textured and Full-Bodied
36 in stock
Tasting Note: Wild dark berry fruit and gentle baking spice with a twist of black pepper and liquorice on the nose. Velevty textured with bright berry fruit and floral flavours. Sustained depth of flavour and texture through the palate with a fine, refreshing and lingering finish.
Food Matching: An elegant match with grilled beef with red wine and mushroom reduction. Portabello mushrooms stuffed with capers and black olives. Mature hard cheese
Vineyard: Single vineyard site in the Gimblett Gravels growing district in Hawkes Bay, NZ. The vineyard was planted in 2002. The vines are VSP trained and sustainable viticulture is practised.
Vinification: Attention to detail is the hallmark of the winemaking. The grapes were hand picked and gentle destemmed to ensure the maximum uncrushed berries in the fermenting vat. Fermentation was carried out in small open topped vats. After extensive post ferment maceration, to acheive balanced structure, the wine was basket pressed before going to French oak barrels, 50% new. SQM Cabernets Merlot spent 19 months in barrels before a light, fresh egg white fining prior to bottling.
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