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Sileni Triangle Merlot 2015 £16.95
SILENI TRIANGLE MERLOT
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; to us here at Boutinot the holy trinity. 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. The wines are precise and fruit-driven and as well as Pinot and Syrah the range includes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.
Sourced from a range of vineyards with different soil types including gravels, silt and clay loam. Hand-plunged and part pumped over during fermentation to aid colour extraction and to provide tannin structure. After a period of maceration on skins, the wine is pressed off and run into oak barrels for 14 months prior to bottling. Cellaring potential of up to 10 years.
Flavoursome, satisfying and moorish. The Triangle Merlot has ripe and concentrated plum, dark berry and liquorice flavours, with hints of dark chocolate on the finish. Soft and velvety tannins provide the backbone for a rich wine that will cellar comfortably for a decade.
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