Great result from the Annual Cranford Hospice Charity Wine Auction on November 8th here in Hawkes Bay. $108000 raised for a very worthwhile cause, and we're very pleased that our 3L Jeroboam of the 2013 Resolution Merlot went for $550. That's equivalent to $137.50 per standard 750mL bottle, which is a pretty good vote of confidence in the wine and a very generous gesture on the part of the bidder to benefit the Hospice.
2014 has been another great red wine vintage and all we need to do is wait a year to try it. Meanwhile, the exceptional 2013's are tasting incredibly good, so the wait won't be without interim benefits. The 2013 Basket Press Merlot/Franc and 2013 Resolution Merlot wines are ready to roll. Not looking too bad, if I do say so myself...
We are also happy to offer the outstanding 2013 Merlot / Franc. It's a stunner from an outstanding Hawkes Bay vintage, and to quote respected wine critic Joelle Thomson, has "... intense purple Merlot (and) is impressive, to say the least. Youthful in aroma and taste, its aromatics are dialled up full too, thanks to a great 2013 summer... This is a total bargain."
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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