RECENT FEATURES




Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir
Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah
Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection
te Pa Marlborough 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Oke’
Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018
Rock Ferry Methode, 3rd Rock, and Marlborough and Central Otago SV Releases
Australian, Spanish and Californian Wines from RM Wine Partners
Blank Canvas Wines from Matt and Sophie Thomson
Fifth Bridge Central Otago 2018 Rosé, and 2017 Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and LH Riesling
Koha Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Pinot Noir
Providore Central Otago Wines from Peter Bartle
Mission ‘Jewelstone’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016
Fairhall Downs ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Smoking Loon Chardonnay, and McManis Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah from 2017
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Grava Martinborough 2017 Rosé and LH Sauvignon Blanc
Stonecroft 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs
South River Central Otago Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Hawksdrift 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Barrel Whites and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Pa Road 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017
Waiana Estate ‘Indian Summer’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Ata Rangi 2013 ‘Craighall’ Riesling, 2017 ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir, 2015 ‘McCrone’ Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Kahu’ Botrytis Riesling
Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

07 November,2018

John and Juliette Lockie operate the boutique Havelock North vineyard and winery operation of Red Barrel. With a background of Hawke’s Bay winegrowing, they purchased the established 2.6 ha of vines, keeping the Merlot and Syrah, and replacing the Cabernet Sauvignon with Chardonnay to represent the most successful varieties of the region. The wines are made by Dave McKee of Black Barn, just over the road, and stylistically the Lockies prefer wines which are rich and bold, and incorporate complexity showing at an early of the development. I’ve found the wines also faithfully reflect the growing season. Here, I review the newly released 2015 Merlot. The wine is a more fruit-focussed and elegant wine than the powerful, oakier 2014 bottling. www.redbarrel.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny