Unison Vineyard Hawkes Bay
Unison has been dedicated to the production of a top-quality blended red in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawkes Bay since 1993. Two versions are produced, Unison and Unison Selection, based on a 6 ha high-density, low-yielding vineyard (down to 1kg per vine) planted to Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The composition of the wines varies according to the success of each variety in a given year. Unison has a moderately long maceration time (typically 16–18 days) and spends a year in oak but only a third of it in barriques. Though there is not always a significant step up in quality, the Selection is based on the very best fruit and undergoes a longer maceration (3 weeks) and spends 12 months exclusively in barriques (new and second use) before further ageing in large oak. Though occasionally struggling for ripeness, both add more breadth, depth and complexity over some of the more overtly fruit driven Hawkes Bay reds. The Selection is a super wine, very full, intense and complex but deserving of another 3-5 years’ age. New Syrah is dense and compact yet wonderfully expressive with black fruits, mineral and licorice; another great wine from the country’s most underrated producer. A Merlot Reserve as well as whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are also made.
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