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Vidal Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon NV

Hawkes Bay

Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

This classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and small parcels of Malbec and Cabernet Franc displays aromas of red fruits, cedar and dried herbs with
flavours of plum and blackcurrant. The smooth finish on the palate is supported by supple, approachable tannins.

$15.99

Tasting Notes

This classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and small parcels of Malbec and Cabernet Franc displays aromas of red fruits, cedar and dried herbs with flavours of plum and blackcurrant. The smooth finish on the palate is supported by supple, approachable tannins. 

Download full tasting notes: 2018

Food Pairing

Grilled meats, particularly lamb.

Vineyards and Winemaking

In keeping with our estate’s small-batch winemaking philosophy, blocks were harvested, fermented and matured in individual batches to capture the uniqueness of each parcel. Gently crushed grapes were fermented and macerated on skins before being pressed and matured in tank and seasoned French oak. Malolactic fermentation and 10 months maturation has helped to evolve the wine’s character and flavour while softening the tannins. Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Malbec 1% and Cabernet Franc 1%

Soils And Viticulture

The 2018 summer was highlighted by its warmth and dryness, setting vineyards up well for autumn harvest. Careful fruit selection combined with quality vineyards - typified by free-draining, infertile, gravelly soils and low yields allowed us to harvest bunches exhibiting purity, ripeness, and fine tannin.

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