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Hawkes Bay The Trinity

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Hawkes Bay The Trinity

Hawkes Bay
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Merlot predominate (small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc)

2011 was a very warm and early season in Hawkes Bay. Each individual grape variety was harvested separately and made into uniquely different wine lots. The grapes were gently de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Subsequently the colour and tannins were extracted by gentle and daily pumping over during fermentation. The skin maceration was extended for up to 3 weeks following fermentation to soften and integrate the tannins. Following 10 month aging in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks, the individual varieties were blended to create the ideal marriage of the components.

Tasting Note
The 2011 Trinity is a Merlot predominant blend including smaller proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. These were fermented separately and then blended to create a serious but entirely delicious wine. A small percent of alternative varieties including Tempranillo, Malbec and Petit Verdot add complexity and palate interest. The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with aromatic spice and red currant characters of Cabernet Franc. Cassis aromas and backbone are contributed by Cabernet Sauvignon. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine. This wine is made to be enjoyed while still quite young.

Serving Suggestion
The Trinity is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed with a great variety of flavoured food. We like it with medium paste cheese, with pastas and pizzas.

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