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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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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16.5/20
Light cherry-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and a little brackish with aromas of redcurrant, red cherries and pomegranate along with subtly refreshing notes of fresh herbs and stalk nuances, the aromatics forming an elegantly concentrated core. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, firm core with light redcurrant, raspberry and red cherry fruit flavours intermingling with earthy and fresh herbal element. The mouthfeel is thirst-quenchingly dry with a fine phenolic line, balanced by refreshing lacy acidity. The flavours are carried by the textures to a crisp, dry finish of redcurrants and herbs. This is a dry rosé with a firm core of redcurrants, red cherries, pomegranate fruit with herb and earthy notes on a mouthwatering, textured palate. Match with tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years. 100% Merlot, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc., and <2 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees, undergoing batonnage. 16.5/20 Feb 2017 RRP $20.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour, very pale on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with tightly bound and concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits that unfold layers of mealy, nutty notes, creamy barrel-ferment elements, oak toast and butterscotch MLF. Suggestions of complex flinty lees emerge in the glass. Full-bodied, this is bold and rich in flavour with ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits interwoven with creamy-textured barrel-ferment layers, nutty and toasty oak, and enrichening lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. Rich and weighty, there is underlying alcoholic power and drive, along with integrated acidity adding to the energy. The wine carries to a fresh, fine-textured, sustained citrussy, creamy and nutty finish. This is a richly flavoured Chardonnay with layers of citrus, creamy and nutty notes, and plenty of underlying power. Match with creamy sauced pasta and poultry dishes, veal and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, WBP, and fermentation in barrique and puncheon initiated by indigenous yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and approx. 60% MLF. 18.5/20 Dec 2015 RRP $28.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20
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 Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5-/20
Full, very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with soft, ripe dark red and black berried fruits harmoniously melded with layers of Asian spices, black pepper, along with subtle white pepper and lifted dark red floral notes. The aromatics build in intensity, unveiling earth and liquorice elements with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features solidly packed flavours of dark red berry fruits, plums and spices, entwined with black pepper, earth and savoury red florals. Soft, grainy textures underline the fruit and fill the mouth, with soft, balanced acidity adding drive and energy. The wine flows positively unfolding spice, liquorice and toasty oak nuances, carrying through to an elegant, long lingering, fine-textured, dry finish. This is a softly concentrated, ripe Syrah with flavours of black fruits, spices and earth, on a fine, grainy-textured palate. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the ‘House’ and ‘Arataki’ blocks of the Red Barrel vineyard, Havelock North, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barrels. 180 dozen made. 18.5-/20 Sep 2015 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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