Sileni Cellar Selection Hawke's Bay Merlot 2017
Trophy - Best New Zealand Red Bordeaux Varietals under £15 - 95 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards
The Cellar Selection Merlot has ripe and concentrated plum, dark berry and liquorice flavours, a medium body, and with hints of dark chocolate on the finish. Soft and velvety tannins mean this is delicious on release, but it does also have enough backbone to cellar for 4-5 years.
Sileni Estates was born from a long standing interest in wine by Graeme Avery. In late 1997, along with financial director Chris Cowper and winemaker Grant Edmonds, he established Sileni as an export oriented producer, committed to crafting world-class fine wines. The winery is named after the Sileni who featured in Roman mythology alongside Bacchus, the God of Wine. They celebrated good wine, good food and good company. The vineyards and winery are based near Hastings, Hawke’s Bay - the oldest wine region in New Zealand - on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Vineyard Manager Ritchie Garnham oversees the management of 106 hectares of Estate vineyards, as well as 50ha of managed fruit supply. He leads a small crack team of five to ensure vineyard operations are done in an efficient and timely manner. Their understanding of grape growing and commitment to providing the best fruit forms the basis of the Sileni wine quality.
"Great bouquet of ripe plum and darker blueberry fruits, some oak and violet scents. Lovely juicy and dry wine with plenty of varietal character and flavour; balanced, dry, silky tannins, medium+ acidity, judicious oak, splendid drive and poise. A juicy red and super example in an appealing crowd-pleasing style." 95/100 - Decanter
*Trophy - Best New Zealand Red Bordeaux Varietals under £15 - 95 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016*