NZ do a pretty good job at making highly quaffable and totally smashable merlots, and here is an example of one. Made by Seifried Wines out of Nelson, this is a fuller-bodied, smooth style that shows lots of spiced plums, raspeberries and dark berries on the nose. The palate is fruity and juicy, with a deep plummy centre, gentle tannins, and a soft, silky finish. This would be lovely with Italian-style sausage and creamy mash.
The fruit was harvested in late April 2010, and was fermented in stainless steel open top fermenters, over a two and a half week period. The fermenting grapes were plunged three times daily throughout ferment to help extract colour and tannin. The young wine was drained to oak barrels immediately following this for malolactic fermentation. It was aged in one, two and three year old French and American barriques. The final wine was blended, stabilised and bottled in April 2011.
The 2010 Old Coach Road Merlot is plump and succulent with vibrant juicy berry characters. The palate displays appealing red berries and currants alongside gentle spicy oak tannins.