Messenger Petite 2019

Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec

Offering an aromatic balance of dark berries, subtle tobacco and toasted oak, Messenger Petite 2019 has an elegant, lingering finish of oak spice

The nose is a complex and concentrated blend with vibrant aromas of cassis, tar, elevated florals, subtle tobacco notes and freshly toasted oak elements. Lively flavours of blackcurrants, redcurrants, graphite are complimented by hints of florals, spices, and herbs.

Rich in colour with its deep, purple hue, the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins. It is medium-full bodied and well-proportioned to be perfectly paired with a hearty protein.  This wine has the ability to gracefully age for 10 years.


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Tasting Notes

Grown in both the red metal of the Bridge Pa Triangle and the gravels of our Gimblett Road vineyard. All pruned to 2 cane vertical shooting position or single cordon spur for premium production.


Cabernet Franc 75%, Merlot 22%, Malbec 3%


100% barrique matured in new and seasoned French 225 litre barriques. 50% New Oak for 18 months.


2019 was an El Niño harvest, giving an outstanding vintage with an autumn of extended ripening. These Bordeaux varieties were picked in multiple picks across 6 weeks to add complexity and texture to the wine. All fruit was gently harvested in perfect condition.


The wine was bottled on the 29th of October 2020. 988 bottles were produced.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes were gently harvested and destemmed to open top fermenters, an ambient temperature soak took place for 5 days until the native yeast took hold. Fermented warm with the peak cap temperature of 28 degrees to allow us to ideally extract colour in the tannin. The wine was pressed directly to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine was allowed 18 months in barrel, followed by further settling in tank. This wine has had no fining.

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Winemaker Information

John Hancock is one of New Zealands most renowned winemakers. Excellent in his craft, he holds a wealth of experience and knowledge of the wine industry and winemaking skills. John is recognised for his early venture with Morton Estate for their first vintage in 1983, he was christened “Mr Chardonnay” during his time there. In 1984 he made the country’s first whole-bunch pressed, barrel-fermented chardonnay. In 1996, John co-founded Trinity Hill, recognising the potential of Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels, he embarked on an incredible journey for over 20 years with them including producing some of his favourite work on the Homage range. John is now Head Winemaker of Messenger with 2019 Messenger Petite being the first, of many, vintages under the brand.

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