Black Cottage Merlot 2022, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Jun-2024
Deep purple, lighter on the rim. The nose is bright and youthful with fresh aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, violet and sweet spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas of plum and black fruit have a savoury tone, melded with violet, vanilla and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and buoyant, packed with juicy fruit and vibrancy, floats elegantly to a pleasing finish. Match with beef burger and beef stir-fry over the next 2-3years. Fruit was from the Gimblett Gravels, 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) Jun 2024 RRP $20.70

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