Alluviale Gimblett Road Hawke’s Bay 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Apr-2011
A blend of 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from two sites on Gimblett Road, fermented to 14.0% alc., then aged 16 months in French oak barriques. Dark, deepish, purple-hued ruby-red in colour, this has an elegant band gently expressed nose redolent of redcurrants from the Cabernet Franc component and warm, dark red berry and plum aromas, complexed by spicy, savoury, earth nuances and sour cherries, typical of Merlot. A full, open-styled wine with lush dark-red berry fruit and plum flavours, the accessible sweet fruitiness is firmed up by supple, rounded, fine-grained tannins. Soft and plump, this has sufficient structure to see it age 6-8+ years. Serve with pork, lamb and beef dishes. 18.0-/20 Apr 2011 RRP $30.00

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