Good news. The 2014 Merlot/Franc is now in bottle and ready to drink. From another warm growing season and picked before last years autumn rain, this is another ripe, soft and very approachable red that will slot in perfectly with those late season barbeques.
The 2013 Basket Press Merlot/Franc and 2013 Resolution Merlot are both available and looking pretty good. Both are rich, ripe and showing the benefits of the best Hawkes Bay vintage in a decade or more.
After a great response to our 2012 Syrah (so good that we have now run out) we have now produced our first ever Basket Press Syrah from the fantastic 2013 vintage. To quote independent wine critic Raymond Chan, it is
"Very full, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, near impenetrable... restrained fruit aromas of ripe black plums and berryfruit, releasing black pepper and lifted spices and floral elements with aeration... the mouthfeel is soft-textured, plush and seamless with juicy red berry fruit and black pepper fruit flavours. Layers of spices, oak cedar and earth unfold and the palate flows smoothly with fine-grained, supple tannins.... Soft, ripe acidity adds to the roundness... This is a smooth, seamless, fine-grained Syrah with layers of red fruits, pepper, spices and cedar."
Phew, what a mouthful. Just like the wine.
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