Theory & Practice Merlot 2018

Theory & Practice Merlot 2018

  • Merlot
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Deep red in colour with a purple hue. A well balanced and full bodied Hawkes Bay Merlot rich in blackcurrant and plum flavours, with a toasty and savoury complexity. The richness coming from both the very ripe fruit and the new barrels.

  • Winery: Ant Mackenzie
  • Varietal: Merlot 95%, Malbec 5%
  • Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses

Theory & Practice wines are made by winemaker Ant Mackenzie working in partnership with selected Hawke’s Bay growers. This range of wines showcase the best qualities of the Hawke’s Bay wine region.


"My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers.  I’m almost always helping producers make or market wine using some of the theories and practices honed over my years in the industry.

Along the way I come across special parcels of fruit and wine that often don’t have a home.

Working with these growers and sometimes wineries we put together blends that reflect the regions where they are grown and the contemporary wine styles that the market enjoys.

With an initial focus on our home region of Hawke’s Bay we produce a small range of four wines: Chardonnay and a Pinot Gris; a Merlot and a Syrah.

My grower clients that provide fruit for these wines include Andrew and Deborah Stewart and his parents Warren and Olwynne, John and Kathryn Loughlin, Neal Cave and Suzanna Taylor, Bruce Leppard, Johnny and Shona Lyons, Philip and Sarah Barber, and Rene Fisch. There are also winery clients contributing to these wines and sometimes an ‘x-factor’ component gets sourced from outside of the family to make that all important difference." Ant Mackenzie




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