Omaka Springs Merlot
Omaka Springs Estate Merlot is aged for 10 months in 20% new American Oak barriques. This wine is a vibrant ruby red with tempting mocha and coffee aromas on the nose and a subtle vanilla nuance. Ripe, rich blackberry and plum on the palate are complimented by spicy cedar. It is well structured, showing great fruit depth and finely integrated tannins.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Southern Valleys, Marlborough
Vineyard: Kennedys Road and Falveys Road Estate Vineyards
Barrel Aging: 10 months, American Oak Barriques (20% new)
Foods: Omaka Springs Merlot is a lighter example; try pairing it with foods of the same weight such a pasta dish with tomato sauce, grilled vegetables such as peppers, courgettes, and aubergines, roast chicken, pork, mushroom based foods, chard, gourmet pizzas, steaks, radicchio, heavier fish like tuna or salmon, pancetta/bacon, charcuterie (pâtés, terrines, and salamis). Will pair nicely with pungent spices like cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper, but be wary, too much spice will bring out the alcohol in the Merlot. For fruits try prunes, apricots, and red grapes. Fruits served in heavy syrup like pears work well too.