Ash Ridge ‘Reserve’ ‘The Blend’ Hawke’s Bay 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 21-Sep-2017
Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter on the edge, and youthful in appearance. The nose is finely concentrated with rich fruit aromas of dark-red berry and plum fruit, unfolding a little blackcurrant and cassis, with fragrant redcurrant notes. A little nutty and pencilly oak adds interest. This is refined, but has depth. Medium-bodied, the palate has good depth and intensity of blackcurrant fruit with cassis flavours melded with redcurrants and dark plum elements and nuances of herbs. The mouthfeel is fresh with lacy acidity and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction. This has good depth and drive, and the wine flows with vibrancy and energy along a positive line to a long, sustained textured finish of curranty fruit. This is an elegantly concentrated Merlot/Cabernet-based blend with rich red berry and curranty fruit on a finely extracted, fresh palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. A barrel selection wine. A blend of 37% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% each Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Syrah, the fruit from three Bridge Pa Triangle sites, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 30% new oak. 230 cases made. 18.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $45.00

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