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Black Cottage Merlot 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Jul-2023
Deep purple, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full, with concentration, enveloping blackberry, plum and spice aromas. Medium-full bodied, aromas of blackberry and plum melded with star anise and nutmeg. The fruit is forward with a soft appeal; smooth, ripe tannins contribute to a fine framework unfolding subtle spice and a sustained finish. Match with beef burger and beef chow mein over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in small stainless steel tanks with cultured yeasts to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak for 9 months. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) July 2023 RRP $20

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