Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015


John and Juliette Lockie operate the boutique Havelock North vineyard and winery operation of Red Barrel. With a background of Hawke’s Bay winegrowing, they purchased the established 2.6 ha of vines, keeping the Merlot and Syrah, and replacing the Cabernet Sauvignon with Chardonnay to represent the most successful varieties of the region. The wines are made by Dave McKee of Black Barn, just over the road, and stylistically the Lockies prefer wines which are rich and bold, and incorporate complexity showing at an early of the development. I’ve found the wines also faithfully reflect the growing season. Here, I review the newly released 2015 Merlot. The wine is a more fruit-focussed and elegant wine than the powerful, oakier 2014 bottling.


  • Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

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