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Red Barrel - Archive

01 January,2011
An archive of Red Barrel wines from the Wine2Trade portfolio no longer available

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on rim. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits along with subtle layers of mealy, flinty lees complexities and nutty, creamy barrel-ferment notes. Musky tropical fruit elements emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits are restrained in expression. The palate is weighty and concentrated, showing positive drive and line, unfolding mealy, flinty notes and nutty, toasty oak. The mouthfeel is creamy in texture, with poised acidity, and a building core of texture which carries through the palate leading to a dry, fine, grainy finish with lingering citrus notes. This is a concentrated and weighty Chardonnay with restrained stonefruit flavours and subtle layers of complexity following a grainy, textural line. It will develop greater richness over the next 5 years. Match with poultry and pork dishes. Hand-picked Chardonnay fruit, Mendoza and clones 15 and 95, WBP and fully fermented by indigenous yeasts initially, in new French oak puncheon to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in barrel with regular batonnage and MLF. 18.0-/20 Mar 2015 RRP $28.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Syrah 2012

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20
80% Merlot and 20% Syrah from the ‘Home’ block, hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 10% new French oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with light purple on rim. The nose is softly full with good depth of fragrant dark redcurrant aromas, along with complexing savoury, nutty oak, spices and game elements. Medium-full bodied, bold and up-front flavours of red and blackcurrants intermingle with plum and spicy berry fruit notes. The fruit juiciness is supported by grainy tannin extraction providing a moderately robust mouthfeel with grip to balance the sweetness. Bright, fresh acidity underlines the palate line and along with the tannins lead to a grainy, dry and soft finish. This is a fulsome, lively Merlot and Syrah blend with a robust palate. Match with barbecued and grilled game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. 17.5/20 Jun 2014 RRP $25.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2011

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18+/20
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a full, and well-packed bouquet of ripe black berry fruits entwined with black pepper, spices and violet floras, the aromatics opening up in volume, revealing subtle secondary earth and minerally complexities. Full-bodied, the palate is rich with ripe, fleshy blackberry and peppery fruits, along with spice, herb and floral elements. The fruit expression is stylishly restrained, but the palate exudes presence from a concentrated core. The tannins are supple, with discreet background acidity, and enhance a smooth flow to a soft-textured, lively and fresh, rich, long and spicy finish. This is a fulsome and stylishly concentrated, juicy Syrah with aromatic black and spicy fruits. Match with lamb and venison, and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the ‘Arataki’ and ‘House’ blocks, destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 75%new French oak. 18.0+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $28.00

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