REVIEWS

ZARIA Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some garnet, lighter edged. The bouquet is full and densely packed with ripe, savoury, dark-red plum and berryfruit aromas along with a layering of nutty oak and earthy elements. This is beginning to develop secondary interest. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and well-concentrated and deep flavours of savoury dark-red plums, intermingling with dark herb, earth and nutty notes. The palate is well-structured with plenty of fine-grained tannins, and balanced with integrated acidity. The wine leads to a solid and fulsome finish of dark plum and earthy flavours. This is a fulsome, rich and well-structured Merlot with savoury dark plum, earthy and nutty flavours, and beginning to show secondary interest. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from ‘Lesley’s Vineyard’, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.6% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels.

Raymond Chan

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ZARIA Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

2015 was a cracker of a vintage for Hawke’s Bay and winemaker Bryce Edmonds has taken full advantage of the Bridge Pa Triangle’s iron-rich gravels which nourish the vines to create a juicy, savoury-styled merlot with a berry and cocoa edge. The tannins are finely tuned and add to it’s taut, stylish finish.

Yvonne Lorkin

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ZARIA Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Very pretty, glossy garnet black colour, this cocoa and vanilla infused merlot is SO smooth, fleshy and easy to drink. I love the layers of soft berries, espresso and spice which disco alongside juicy, elastic tannins to create some real joy on the palate.

Yvonne Lorkin

Wine Reviewer, Yvonne Lorkin Wine Reviews

ZARIA Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has an elegant nose with fresh, fragrant aromas of red plum and berry fruit, along with a subtle herbal lift and nutty oak notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate has juicy fruit flavours of red berryfruit and plums, along with red floral and fresh herb notes, and nuances of nutty oak, forming an elegant core. The mouthfeel is fresh and bright, the fruit supported by moderately extracted, fine tannins and lacy acidity. The wine flows with good energy, carrying to an elegant, light-fruited finish. This is a fresh and bright-fruited Merlot with red berry and plum flavours with balanced extract and lacy acidity. Match with beef and lamb, and Mediterranean fare over the next 4+ years. Fruit from ‘Lesley’s Vineyard’, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 15 months in seasoned French oak barrels.

Raymond Chan

Wine Reviewer, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews