Allan Scott Hawkes Bay Merlot
As soon as you rack the seal of this 2009 vintage you are engulfed by in what can only be Hawkes Bay Merlot, rich dark plums, earthy savoury characters and some good old fashioned Allan Scott funk. The palate is rich enough to make you stop and think this is a serious Merlot, and with a bit of age the tannins are starting to lose the grainy fractiousness and move into the developed big tannins synonymous with big Hawkes Bay Merlots.
VinificationThe fruit was destemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for an 8 day soak before being inoculated and fermented on skins with selected yeasts at warm temperatures. At the height of fermentation the tanks were plunged up to 5 times daily during ferment. After pressing and settling the wine was racked into barrels. These subsequently underwent malolactic fermentation attributing to integration of tannin, balance and flavour. Post ageing on lees for 12 months the wine was fined and bottled. Malolactic Fermentation 100%, Vegetarian/Vegan Fined with fish products.
Allan Scott Merlot is the perfect accompaniment to red meats and wild game. Best served at room temperature and given a little time to breathe.