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MIDDLE EARTH MERLOT
Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand.The diverse volcanic earth varies between gravel, sand and clay offering an edeal environment
for the vineyards flooding the hillsides and banks along the five rivers winding throught the landscape.Hawke's Bay's beautiful climate offers lots
of sunshine and pleasant conditions year-round.The result is a region that produces some of the finest wines in the country and MERLOT contributes
to this well-earned reputation.This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasant to the palate.The Merlot
grapes thrive in a long growing season, with flavors concentrating as the fruit develops.
Ripe fruit with spice and soft tannins take prcedence in the Merlot.The lingering finish brings dark oaky spice, as well as hints of mocha and licorice.Treat yourself and enjoy with slow-cooked beef and lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco.Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on crostini drizzled with balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine.Looking for a cheese to pair?Try Gouda or smoked cheddar.
Tempranillo is currently enjoying a renaissance in wine production worldwide. This surge began partly as a result of the efforts of a 'new wave' of Spanish
growers who showed that it was possible to produce wines of great character and quality in areas outside of the Rioja region. One of the results of
this has been that Tempranillo varietal wines are becoming more common, especially in the better-suited, cooler Spanish regions like Ribera del Duero,
Navarra and Penedès. During the last decade, growers as far-flung as Australia, USA and South Africa have started significant Tempranillo plantations.
Tempranillo has long been the star grape of Spain and is grown in several areas, producing many styles. La Mancha Tempranillo is characterized by a juicy, fruity quality with bright aromas and flavors of ripe cherries followed by hints of cocoa and spice. It shows a racy texture and is medium-bodied. The style will appeal to those who enjoy modern, approachable style Chianti, Beaujolais, of Valpolicella.
As a plus, we believe you will find that our unique oak treatment adds extra complexity and depth, making our Tempranillo more versatile with food pairings. Our oak process yields soft tannins and contributes warm vanilla to the nose as a perfect balance to the dominant cherry aromas and background suggestions of black currant and spice. Flavors echo the aroma with layers of vanilla, currant, coffee, and black pepper that linger through the attractive finish. While young, the wine profiles its powerful fruit character. After 4-6 months in the bottle, the fruit begins to integrate with the oak and develop a lusher, balanced complexity.
Food Pairings - Tempranillo wines are perhaps one of the most food friendly wines around. They offer versatility and value - without forsaking flavor and lift. Consider pairing them with their hometown favorites - tapas, pork, grilled or roasted entrees.