Tantalus Estate Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019 (6 Bottles) Waiheke Island

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This well-constructed right-bank Bordeaux-inspired blend showcases tradition with a desirable twist of Waiheke Island. Merlot emphasises a full body of luscious black cherries, Doris plum and Christmas dates. Using a small percentage of American Oak over 10 months accentuates the wine’s sweet spice and vanilla pod characters. Meticulously blending in Cabernet Franc delivers the wine’s mouthwatering acidity, floral brightness and a humble savoury element. Compelling, versatile and made for medium-term cellaring.

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About Tantalus Wines

From the very beginning, owners Carrie and Campbell approached their new enterprise by employing experts in their chosen fields. The driving philosophy for the Estate is to strive for biodiversity with a positive effect on the ecosystem as a whole. This includes careful balancing of resources, including water recycling, minimisation and the encouragement of beneficial species. The vineyards and the land were assessed and underperforming vines were replaced with a focus on Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhône clones. A dry farming approach encourages the vine’s roots to dig deep, resulting in strong plants that are tolerant of a range of conditions and display a genuine representation of the terroir. As a result of this careful management, along with a dedicated approach to producing wine of the finest quality, Tantalus Estate’s limited release wines consistently achieve notable commendations from wine critics and guests alike.

Award winning Cheshire Architects designed the Tantalus Restaurant and Alibi Brewer’s Lounge, and surrounding landscaped gardens. Since opening its impressive gates in 2016, Tantalus Estate, with its range of boutique fine wines, and craft beers brewed on site by the Alibi Brewing Co., has consistently been recognised as exceptional through multiple awards, accolades and tourism achievements. Discover the secrets of Tantalus Estate on tropical Waiheke Island, and create memories that will stay with you forever.

Tantalus Estate was founded in 2013 on 8.3 hectares of established vineyard land on Waiheke Island. The estate is in the Onetangi Valley at an elevation of 12 to 61 metres above sea level. The valley is the heart of winemaking on the island.

Waiheke lies 18km east of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, protected from the cold and often wet west and southwesterly winds. Ridgelines to our west and southwest provide further protection. Our climate is drier and hotter than the mainland and is ideally suited to premium grape growing.

Tantalus vineyard has been extensively replanted and re-grafted with meticulous attention to site-specific clonal selection. Our vines grow in sandy soil over weathered clay and clay-based rock, with deposits of iron and manganese oxide. We have significantly upgraded the wetland and forested areas, planting thousands of natives and pulling out exotic species and weeds. We’ll continue to improve the habitat for a welcome variety of birds and insects.


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