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2016 Premium Cabernet Merlot

2016 Premium Cabernet Merlot
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At Ash Ridge we pride ourselves on making wines that represent the Bridge Pa triangle. Our Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. This distinctly Hawkes Bay style is focused on big ripe fruit flavours. The barrel fermentation is a technique


100% Bridge Pa Triangle, Hawkes Bay.


With an exception long settled autumn, Cabernet Sauvignon was exceptional in 2016. Left on the vine until late April, the Cabernet was harvested, destemmed and fermented in small open tops to maximise tannins and fruit extraction, with gentle twice daily plunging. Aged in a combination of American and French oak for 14 months, the Cabernet was blended with 20% Merlot to develop mid palate richness, but still allow Cabernet flavours to dominate.

Harvested: 4th April – 23rd April 2016

Bottled: 16th August 2017

Alcohol: 13.0%

pH: 3.79

Sensory Evaluation:

Colour: Deep Ruby.

Aroma: Ripe dark berry fruit, toast and chocolate.

Palate: Rich and dense with dark plum notes, cassis, vanilla, chocolate and liquorice.

Food Matches:

This wine pairs perfectly with rich red meat dishes.


Will cellar well for 5-10 years.

Wine Specs
Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes

Rich with spice, liquorice and blackcurrants, the palate is all black plums and cherries, with dark chocolate and a smokey char. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot

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