Origin: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Vidal Estate Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 
Hot summer days, a long growing season and free-draining soils have helped Hawke’s Bay become one of the premier wine regions in New Zealand. Anthony Joseph Vidal, a young emigrant from Spain, was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of the area. He established Vidal Estate in 1905 and his spirit of adventure coupled with a lifelong commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day. It was from there he became one of New Zealand’s early wine innovators and his success led to expansion with further vineyard plantings in Te Awanga and then Te Mata.
The 2014 growing season was warm and dry and like the 2013 vintage it has been recognised as outstanding. The ideal season combined with quality vineyards, characterised by free draining, infertile, gravelly soils and low yields allowed us to harvest fruit exhibiting purity, ripeness and fine tannin.
This classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec from the outstanding 2014 vintage displays rich aromas of red fruits and spice. With flavours of plum, blackcurrant and cedar, the smooth finish on the palate is supported by supple, approachable tannins.