Merlot holds a special place in the ZARIA pantheon, as the 2014 vintage was Bryce’s debut commercial release. A champion of the beauty of Hawke’s Bay Merlot, Bryce believes that when it’s done right, it’s among the best in the world.

To that end, Merlot comprises about two-thirds of Lesley’s Vineyard — the home of the majority of the fruit for ZARIA wines — and Bryce has been producing one or two barrels of exceptional New Zealand Merlot from these grapes every year since 2006.

Soft and smooth, with silky notes of chocolate, dark cherry, and plum, the ZARIA offerings exemplify the quiet yet powerful elegance of the finest Hawke’s Bay Merlot.