Alluviale Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Aug-2016
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is well-proportioned and tightly bound with a concentrated core of black berried fruit along with dark plums, blackcurrants and cassis liqueur. Fresh primary herbal detail and nuances of iron-earth and minerals lend freshness and a degree of complexity to the aromatics. Medium-full bodied and elegant in presentation, this has a tightly bound core with sweetly ripe blackberry fruit with black plums, blackcurrants and cassis. The fruit has depth and intensity, and is supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction, providing plenty of structure and grip to the mouthfeel. The wine has good drive and linearity, unfolding nuances of dark herbs, iron-earth minerality as it carries to a concentrated, lingering finish. This is a tightly bound and concentrated Merlot blend with black fruits and plenty of fine-grained structure and line. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 7-9 years. A blend of 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Silverton Estate’, Puketapu, ‘Highway 50’ vineyard and ‘Shepherd’s Croft’ Bridge Pa sites, given a pre-ferment soak and indigenous yeast fermentation in 228 L to 350 L barrels to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 25% new oak. 500 dozen made. 18.0/20 Aug 2016 RRP $31.95

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