Church Road 1 Merlot 2016
A dense, earthy Merlot with firm, but fine-grained tannins and generous, dark berry fruit, plum and cherry. Subtle floral aromas provide some lift while notes of dark chocolate bring a sense of warmth and luxuriousness. The palate is full bodied with good mid palate richness, and chunky, ripe tannins with a slight rustic edge.
Awards: Gold, New Zealand International Wine Competition 2018, Vintage 2016 Gold, New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018, Vintage 2016
smoke elements, while compliment the brooding, earthy nature of the wine.
While approachable now, this wine will age positively for 15 plus years if cellared well.