Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2014
Full, even, purple-hued black-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a moderately deep nose of bright and sweetly ripe, primary aromas of black and red plums, intermixed with redcurrants and minty elements, lifted by spicy, cedary oak. Medium-bodied, sweet dark red plum and curranty fruit flavours are melded with layers ofspicy oak. The mouthfeel is fresh and elegant with youthful acid energy and fine-grained tannin extraction that lends drive and line, leading to a long, soft-textured, plummy finish. This is a fresh, plum and curranty fruited Merlot with oak spice and fine mouthfeel. Serve with most red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. Clones 481, 3, Erindale. 2096 and 6 from the ‘Peet’ vineyard, fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine on skins 4 weeks and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak. 17.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $20.00

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