Merlot

Medium-Full Bodied
Dry
Complex
Vintage
2020
Region
Hawke's Bay
Size
750ml / 13.5% ABV
Classic Merlot aromas of decadent plum and dark cherry are complemented by hints of mint and dried herbs.
Light bodied
Full bodied
Dry
Sweet
Fruity & Aromatic
Bold & Complex
Soft and medium-bodied, the palate is full of juicy plum and blackberry, spliced with mint, black pepper and warming aniseed spice. The finish is long and generous. Sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the Hawke's Bay; the oldest wine region in New Zealand.
Full Tasting Notes

Serving suggestions

Make the most of your Merlot

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    How to Serve

    At room temperature.
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    Food Pairing

    Lamb medallions with charred broccolini and crispy potatoes.
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    How to Cellar

    Drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to reward for 3+ years.
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    Occasion

    A great wine to pair with food or have on its own.

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Mud House Range

A collection of wines that express the exceptional vineyards of the South Island and represent the Mud House style. Everyday wines to enjoy at any occasion. Crisp whites, rich aromatic reds with depth and purity.

Beyond the Bottle

2020

Vintage Conditions

The Hawke’s Bay had a great season, albeit slightly cooler than usual. Long summer days and moderately fresh nights provided ideal ripening conditions. 

THE CRAFTSMAN

CLEIGHTON CORNELIUS

Cleighten believes learning is the key, both experimentally and from others. Having a job where you only get one chance a year to perfect your art means that winemaking remains challenging and a continually evolving process.

Meet the Team

It began as an adventure. 

Our founders were a courageous couple who embarked on a sailing tour of the world. On one of the earliest stops, they found New Zealand. They quickly fell in love and decided to end the tour of the world in favour of building a mud house in New Zealand and planting a vineyard.  After preparing the land and planting vines, they used the local earth to build their home. That home became our brand. Over twenty years on, with a renewed sense of energy, we remain as in touch with the land as our name suggests.

2020

Vintage Conditions

The Hawke’s Bay had a great season, albeit slightly cooler than usual. Long summer days and moderately fresh nights provided ideal ripening conditions. 

THE CRAFTSMAN

CLEIGHTON CORNELIUS

Cleighten believes learning is the key, both experimentally and from others. Having a job where you only get one chance a year to perfect your art means that winemaking remains challenging and a continually evolving process.

Meet the Team

It began as an adventure. 

Our founders were a courageous couple who embarked on a sailing tour of the world. On one of the earliest stops, they found New Zealand. They quickly fell in love and decided to end the tour of the world in favour of building a mud house in New Zealand and planting a vineyard.  After preparing the land and planting vines, they used the local earth to build their home. That home became our brand. Over twenty years on, with a renewed sense of energy, we remain as in touch with the land as our name suggests.