Sacred Hill 2014 Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot 750ml
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Spring and early summer were very warm and dry, although slightly more windy than usual. These conditions provided excellent heat accumulation and when the cherry crop came in two weeks earlier than usual, we had the first firm indication we were in for an early harvest. The warm, dry conditions ran right throughout March. Merlot was a relatively early harvest. The weather gods smiled and allowed us to work through an extensive hand-picking programme over two weeks, giving us ripe and intensely flavoured fruit to ferment. There was no disease pressure at all, giving us the luxury to select vineyard portions with great attention to detail. A fabulous year for this variety.
Deep, inky-red in colour. The nose has ripe plums and red berries with spicy hints and nuances of nuttiness. The palate is very supple and smooth, reflecting the enticing aroma with ripe, red fruits and lovely complexity of flavour.