Our Winemakers Collection includes the very best parcels of fruit, carefully prepared and selected from our own vineyards, crafted with passion into the most exceptional wines Hawke’s Bay has to offer.
For over 20 years, Crossroads has represented the very best of small parcel Hawke’s Bay winemaking. Our Winemakers Collection includes the very best parcels of fruit, carefully selected from our own vineyards, crafted with passion into the most exceptional wines Hawke’s Bay has to offer.
Winemaking: Miles Dinneen Viticulture: Bryon Strachan Harvested: 3 rd – 12th April 2013 Vineyard: Mere Road, Gimblett Gravels Oak: Aged in French barriques – 42% new Alc/vol: 14% RS: < 2g/l pH: 3.62 TA: 6.08 g/l
VITICULTURE The 2013 vintage was one of the best on record in Hawke’s Bay. The weather was very settled throughout summer and autumn, while the warm dry days and cool nights offered excellent conditions for the slow ripening Cabernet Franc. Clean, ripe fruit was harvested from low vigour vines on our Mere Road vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels sub region. This site has stony soils that grow naturally balanced vines, with small bunches and berries. Early crop regulation to one bunch per shoot, with 100% leaf removal in the fruit zone, maximised the potential for optimal ripeness.
WINEMAKING COMMENTS When the fruit reached peak ripeness, it was gently picked and destemmed directly to small open top fermenters. During fermentation the tank was hand plunged, followed by extended post ferment maceration for extraction and harmonisation. The wine was drained and pressed off skins, then settled and run to French oak barriques, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in barrel for 18 months with periodic racking, stirring and topping to give a perfectly integrated texture. Finally, the wine was assembled and lightly filtered prior to bottling.
WINE AND FOOD On the nose this is classic Cabernet Franc with lifted fruit notes of blackcurrant and blackberry supported by warm spicy oak. The palate is full and fine with silky tannins that persist into a long elegant finish. Excellent match to roasted New Zealand lamb shanks rubbed in rosemary, with kumara mash and silverbeet.