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Dark plum mingle with a hint of forrest floor spice & seasoned oak well balanced by silky smooth tannins

For a classic pairing, enjoy with expertly cooked steak & red wine jus

Summerhouse Hawke's Bay Merlot 2016

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6 Btls, $107.94 6 Btls, $93.86
Awarded Gold Medal Awarded 90/100 Points Awarded 4.5 Stars Awarded Silver Medal Awarded Silver Medal
Summerhouse Hawke's Bay Merlot 2016

Summerhouse Hawke's Bay Merlot 2016

Member rating / 1
The day ripe with possibility - Summer calls – gather friends, family, a cork flies and laughter bubbles over into the day”- a poem by Jenny Bornholdt inspired by Summerhouse wines!
6 Btls, $107.94 6 Btls, $93.86


Awarded Gold Medal

NWWA 2019

Awarded 90/100 Points & 4.5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2018

Awarded Silver Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show

Awarded Silver Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019


  • Plum & red berries
  • Florals
  • Almond
  • Fine tannins

"Attractively fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, floral and almond characters with a touch of spicy complexity. The palate is succulent and rounded, delivering juicy fruit flavours and silky texture, elegantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. Medium-full-bodied and immediately appealing" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2018

This Merlot brings luscious plum, berry and subtle spice aromas and flavours. It is soft, ripe and elegant with a smooth, satisfying finish.

This premium wine was grown on warm inland vineyard sites of Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels sub-regions of Hawke's Bay. Extensive thinning prior to veraison was implemented to ensure crops were less than 8 tonnes per hectare.

The 2016 vintage in Hawke’s Bay began unusually slow. A cool late spring meant a late flowering which in turn mitigated most of the frost risk. The Summer was very warm with extended warm night time temperatures that bought balance back to the seasons late and slow start. The harvest finished strong with vineyards yielding a light harvest of clean and healthy berries.

Fruit was crushed to fermenter and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation was approximately 7 days with daily pump overs and temperature peaking at 28°C. Post fermentation maceration: 7-20 days with no pump overs. Malolactic fermentation followed pressing. Aged for 12months in 3rd and 4th year barrels after a time in tank to retain primary fruit characters.

Food Pairing: Match with a steak and red wine jus for a classic pairing with sweet and spice notes.


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