O. Osawa Flying Sheep Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 *M
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Osawa Flying Sheep Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This is a classic Hawke's Bay blend and so with it, Osawa are looking to build on the regions natural suitability and push the vineyards ability to ripen with powerful aromatics. One would usually see these aromatics develop hand in hand with deep and vibrant crimson hues.
Ageing this wine in French oak barriques has helped to enhance and cedar and earthy characters along with a richly textured, balanced palate.
About Osawa Wines
It started one sunny afternoon in Tokyo when Taizo Osawa, a Japanese wine lover, decided to go travelling with the intention of starting a vineyard and making his own wines. Taizo arrived in New Zealand and found himself in Hawke's Bay, and fell in love with it and decided this is where he wanted to make wine.
Situated on the western side of Hawke’s Bay, the single estate vineyard sits on a river terrace in the beautiful Mangatahi Valley, alongside the clear waters of the Ngaruroro River. The climate benefits from low rainfall, hot days and cool nights as it is located between two mountain ranges - Kaweka & Ruahine.
The once pastoral farmland has now been turned into a stunning vineyard with 8 grape varieties. Osawa's first vines were planted in 2006 and produced their first grapes in 2008. Grapes are grown on free-draining loam deposited over the centuries by the Ngaruroro River with the aim to create the highest quality wines through sustainable, responsible practices.