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Red Barrel - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 January,2011

Red Barrel Vineyard is the micro boutique Hawke’s Bay vineyard, winery and label, based on Te Mata Road just out of Havelock North, with Te Mata Estate and Black Barn as neighbours. Owners John Lockie, a sharebroker, and his wife Juliette who have had a Hawke’s Bay winegowing background in the ‘Stockbridge’ and ‘Balthazar’ brands, purchased the former Zepelin vineyard in 2010. They immediately took out the Cabernet Sauvignon and replanted with three clones of Chardonnay to supplement the existing Merlot and Syrah vines which were planted in 1997.

A cellar door is operated at the home vineyard and winery facility, and a catered venue facility is available. The wines made to date are Merlot, Syrah and a red blend of these two varieties, a rosé, and Chardonnay. The wines are made by Dave McKee, winemaker at Black Barn, and with a projected maximum production of 1,000 cases from the 2.6 ha of vines, it is a true small-batch operation. www.redbarrel.co.nz

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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20

Bright, light yellow colour with light green tints. The nose is very tight and firmly bound with a concentrated core of white stonefruits entwined with deep aromas of gunflinty mineral reduction, along with nutty oak and a little smoke. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly packed and very well-concentrated with firm and deep flavours of vibrant and succulent white stonefruit flavers layered with an amalgam of nutty oak and gunflint reductive notes. The palate has power, vigour and drive, and the wine carries along a fine-textured line with fresh, underlying acidity adding to the energy. The wine leads to an elegant, sustained finish of stonefruits, nuts and flint. This is a powerful and well-concentrated Chardonnay with intense flavours of stonefruits, nut and gunflint on a vigorous palate. Match with grilled and roasted pork and veal dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in French barriques and puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and >70% MLF. 18.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $30.00

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Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the edge. This has a full, broad and voluminous nose with a concentrated core of citrus fruits and white stonefruit aromas entwined with creamy, nutty barrel-ferment notes, a thread of youthful reduction and a little toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the tightly bound and intense flavours of citrus and white stonefruits form a firm and fine core, unveiling creamy and nutty barrel-ferment flavours along with a little minerally reduction and oak toast. The mouthfeel is youthfully firm and fine-textured, and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. As the wine flows, the minerally reduction emerges and carries to a long and sustained, fine-textured finish. This is a firm and finely concentrated Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, lemon curd MLF, and reductive and toasty oak notes. Serve with barbecued, grilled and roasted pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in French barriques and puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and >70% MLF. 17.5/20 Feb 2017 RRP $30.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18+/20
Full, even, dark and deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge. The nose is softly full with well-packed, deep aromas of ripe black plums and dark-red and black berry fruits with an amalgam of earth, herbs and spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with concentrated, lusciously ripe flavours of dark-red plums and berry fruit entwined with subtle notes of herbs, earth and nutty , spicy oak. The mouthfeel is moderately rich, but deep and rounded and supported by fine, grainy tannin structure with integrated, soft acidity adding to the accessibility. The flavours flow with good linearity to a rich plummy, earthy and spicy finish. This is a rich Merlot with dark plum and berry flavours along with a layering of earth, herbs and oak spice on a rounded, fine structured palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison, and semi hard cheeses over the next 6-7 years. Hand-picked fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 14 months in one-third new French oak then given a further 6 months on lees in tank. 18.0+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $25.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5+/20

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with good depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is a little restrained but unfolds to show good depth and fruit focus, with softly packed, harmoniously interwoven aromas of dark-red and black berry and plum fruit with nuances of dark herbs, a hint of tobacco and nutty oak suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and positive heart of gently sweet dark-red and black berry fruit with earthy plums and dark herbal elements with a little florality emerging. The fruit is supported by moderately grainy tannin extraction lending structure and grip, with lacy acidity lending freshness and energy to the mouthfeel. The wine carries to an elegant finish. This is a sweetly rich Merlot with dark-red berry and plum flavours, and subtle herb notes on a grainy textured palate with freshness. Match with roasted red meats over the next 5-6 years. 100% Merlot from the ‘Red Barrel’ home vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 18 months in tank and 15% new French oak, blended and given a further 6 months in tank. 17.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5+/20
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with firmly concentrated aroma of blackberries and dark raspberries along with black and white pepper elements, liquorice, exotic spices and a layering of cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rounded but concentrated heart of dark raspberries and blackberries entwined with white and black pepper, unfolding exotic spice notes. A layer of cedary oak is melded with the fruit adding to the richness of the flavour and firmness to the fine-grained tannins. The wine flows smoothly, the acidity balanced and integrated, carrying the rich flavours to a long, soft, fine-textured finish with pepper, spices and cedar. This is an elegantly concentrated, soft and fine textured Syrah with blackberry, raspberry, pepper and spices with an overlay of cedary oak. Match with lamb and venison, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-7 yeas. Fruit hand-picked and sorted, and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 225 cases made. 17.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $28.00

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Red Barrel ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

19-/20
A barrel selection wine. Fruit from the ‘House’ block of the Red Barrel vineyard, Havelock North, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, lighter edged. This has a full and powerful nose with concentrated aromas of ripe, opulent and vibrant blackberry and black plum fruit interwoven with layers of exotic spices, black pepper and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of black berried and plummy fruit flavours are ripe and exude decadence, and are elegantly concentrated forming a strong and rich core, unfolding layers of exotic Asian spices, black pepper, liquorice and toasty oak. The mouthfeel is opulent and vibrant, the acidity providing vitality and freshness, and refined tannins lend a smooth, supple flow. The fruit sweetness and succulence is beautifully balanced by the extraction which carries the wine to a very long and sustained finish of plums, spices and liquorice. This is an elegantly concentrated, vibrantly luscious Syrah with exotic plum, spice and oak flavours and a fine-grained, smooth flowing palate. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 8-10+ years. 50 dozen made. 19.0-/20 Sep 2015 RRP $58.00

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