Haha Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

The Haha wine brand began with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the 2011 vintage with a Marlborough Pinot Noir from 2010. From those first wines, the portfolio has grown to include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, a Merlot and most recently a sparkling wine with a rosé to come. It’s exciting times for general manager Ashton Ireland who has developed the brand as a virtual winery label, into a range that is well-distributed throughout the country and now overseas. One of the most interesting varieties and styles for Haha must be Merlot, with the pre-eminence of Pinot Noir as the most accessible style of red wine. However, the firmer structure and different flavour profile is celebrated at Haha, while the tannin and oak management is geared for approachability. Here, I review the 2016 release. www.hahawine.co.nz


  • Haha Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

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