Unison Selection - our flagship wine, a sophisticated blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, full of personality.
Consistently 5 stars, Gold medal winner, “NZ Classic Wine”, Top 10 Cuisine Magazine.
Unison Selection is definitively regarded as one of NZ top labels and internationally this brand is recognized as a truly world-class wine.
Unison Selection is created as a Selection of the best our vineyard has to offer. At blending each barrel is tasted and only the best are selected for inclusion into this wine. A lot of time is spent mixing different proportions to ensure that each year we produce a wine worthy of it's international status. After 12 months maturation in small oak barriques, the wine is then transfered to a large Italian cask for a further 12 months. This enables the wine gain further barrel maturation and harmonisation without over dominating with oak. The wine is regularly tasted and only bottled when the time is right.
Current Release Unison Selection 2006
Alcohol 13.2 %
TA 5.9 g/l
Residual Sugar < 2 g/l
Brix at Harvest 23.5 average of varieties
Cellering - 13 mths average in American oak barriques mixture of new and old, followed by 13 mths in large Italian French Oak Cask. Limited release 350 Cases.
Harvest dates 21/3/06- 16/4/06
Varieties: - Syrah, Cab Sav and Merlot
Vineyard Location – Family Estate on Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, Hawkes Bay
Soils – Alluvial silts and Gravels, free draining
Vines – 5000 vines/hectare. Single arm cordon spur pruned. Intensive canopy management to deliver optimum fruit exposure. Significant crop thinning to under 2 kg per vine.
Vinification – Our best quality grapes from selected rows are hand picked and gentlely handled using traditional methods, 2-3 weeks fermentation, and basket pressed
Vintage – A typical Hawkes Bay growing season with long fine days at the height of summer. A gentle autumn allowed fruit to be picked at optimum ripeness producing wines of elegance and finesse.
Overall impression – seamless and complex blend of classic red varieties.
Bouquet- Floral notes through to rich dark berry fruits and mocha, well-integrated oak.
Palate – Cassis and dark berry fruits, integrated chocolate and spicy notes, firm structure with long finish
Ready to drink now, but will also benefit from cellaring
Serving suggestions – richer cuisine, especially red meat dishes.
Unison Selection 2004
Unison Selection 2004 reflects and even surpasses the weight and concentration found in our stunning Unison 2004 and again shows the opulence of the 2004 vintage. As usual our Selection is a blend of super premium Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, hand-crafted with extreme attention to detail. The deep red tones unveil the seriousness of this wine.
The aroma is packed with dark berry notes supported by nuances of chocolate and toasty oak, which follow through to a superbly balanced palate with a smooth and persistent finish. This is a wine to enjoy while still in it's youth, but which will also reward careful cellaring up to 15 years.