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  • The last vintage created by the cult vineyard, St Nesbit.
  • Elegant, savoury, balanced & critically acclaimed.
  • Full of attractive, elegance & finesse with a fresh fruit acidity.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Brick-Red
Nose A modest, silken nose of roses, pencil shavings and sweet plum and cherry fruit.
Palate An elegant, restrained and complex palate, with bright red fruit flavours resting on savoury, leather and nutty nuances.
Food Pairing
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot, matured for 2 years in almost all new French and American Oak, with a further 4 years in bottle before release.
Variety Merlot Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2011
Region Auckland
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Auckland
The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them winemaking traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.

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