Putiki Bay Waiheke Island Merlot 2008
From a 4.5 ha site on Te Whau Point, Waiheke Island, planted to Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec, the Putiki Bay Vineyard had a production of 750 cases, but has now shut down, and the wines grubbed up. The wine can be sourced from VINtellect/Direct Wines, Tel: 0800 800-640 or Email: [email protected] Previous vintages have sold at much lower than the RRP of $44.50.
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Putiki Bay Waiheke Island Merlot 2008Merlot from New Zealand - Northland & AucklandReview Date : 11-Feb-2013Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with a black-red heart, and garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is elegantly full and evenly presented with lifted aromas of dark red berry fruit and plums, finely integrated and interwoven with cedary notes. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, this features very smooth flowing flavours of savoury and spicy red berry fruits that reveal subtle earthy detail and harmoniously integrated cedary oak notes from secondary development. The mouthfeel is supple with fine-grained, building tannins supporting the fruit, and lifted, aromatic fruit and wood flavours that flow to a smooth, dry, grainy finish with good length. This is an elegant, smooth Merlot wine with attractive spice and cedary flavours beginning to mature. Serve with roasted duck, pork, beef and lamb, as well as hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years. Predominantly Merlot with Malbec. 12.5% alc. 17.5-/20 Feb 2013 RRP $44.50