Bell Bird Bay ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernets 2011

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Nov-2015
A blend of 58% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bridge Pa Triangle, fermented to 13.0% alc, the wine aged in oak barrels. Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on edge. This has a soft and gently full bouquet of redcurrant and plum fruit entwined with savoury, secondary earth and game notes and dried herb detail. The nose reveals density and presence unfolding subtle cedary hints in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is soft, open and easily accessible with soft, savoury dark red berry and plum fruit flavours melded with earth, dried herbs and tobacco. The fruit sweetness is up-front and balanced by supple tannins which grow in presence. The harmonious savoury flavours are carried by the extraction to a soft, dry finish. This is a soft, savoury secondary flavoured Merlot/Cabernet blend which finishes dry. Match with casseroles and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3+ years. (Lot 2) 16.0+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $27.99

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