Tantalus Estate Merlot Cabernets 2017

Tantalus Estate Merlot Cabernets 2017

  • Merlot, Cabernets
  • New Zealand, 750ml

This 2017 Tantalus Estate Merlot Franc Sauvignon is packed with aromas of dark red plum, ripe currant and wild thyme harmonised with a hint of spicy French oak. A rich palate of berry compote and sweet mint give way to a deep undercurrent of molasses, liquorice and cedar. Balanced acidity and fine tannins confer a luxurious finish.

  • Winery: Tantalus Estate
  • Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Cellaring Potential: 2018 - 2026
  • Other: Sustainable Winegrowing, contains sulphites
  • Food pairing: Platter of cured meat, Brown sugar mustard glazed ham, Wild pheasant in mushroom and wine sauce, Crostini with Ricotta and dark berries jam, Bloomy rind cheeses

The berries were gently split to increase the surface of skins in contact with the juice. Fermented in small stainless vessels, with indigenous and selected yeasts and bacteria, carefully controlling temperature and bouquet development. The wine was then macerated until the equilibrium was achieved and gently pressed. The elevage was brilliant in special French and American oak barrels for 10 months. The finished wine, bottled under screw cap, without fining to preserve all that purity while promising aging potential.

Nobody thought that the Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island could be restored to its former glory, but when you’re the kind of people where determination replaces sleep like Campbell and Carrie Aitken, anything is possible! After tirelessly pruning, clipping, and ripping out the original vines, a bit of experience in tourism (and a lot of determined Kiwi ingenuity), Campbell and Carrie bought and transformed the old brewery into the estate that it is today: Proud, elegant and premium.

The Aitken’s love and understanding of people and cultures is the foundation of everything that they do at Tantalus Estate, and it shows in their winery as well as their hospitality. Their winemaking process is characterised by elegance and subtlety, constantly pursuing excellence and carefully choreographing every step of production so that each vintage is better than the last, every drop leaving an indelible impression.


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