Red Barrel 2016 Rosé, 2015 Chardonnay and 2014 Merlot

The Red Barrel Vineyard micro-boutique wine venture in the Te Mata Special Character Zone was established in 2010 when John and Juliette Lockie purchased the former Zepelin vineyard in Havelock North. With earlier vineyard experience, they replaced the Cabernet Sauvignon with Chardonnay, whilst retaining the Merlot and Syrah, varieties with consistent and proven performance. The Lockies preference is for wines with bold flavours and plenty of palate presence, reflecting the regionality of the Te Mata district, which sits very well with their contracted winemaker Dave McKee, who is based over the road at Black Barn. Here, I review the new release 2016 Rosé, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2014 Merlot.


  • Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016
  • Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

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