After huge demand in the run up to Christmas, we have now run out of 2013 Merlot/Franc. I don't enjoy being the bearer of bad tidings, so I can tell you that we do have a small volume of the 2013 Mt Erin Merlot/Franc available at the same price. This is a very similar wine made exclusively for one of our retailers and should tide us over until we release the 2014 Merlot/Franc in late February.
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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