Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Apr-2012
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, near saturated. Rich, ripe and aromatic blackcurrant and dark red plums show with excellent depth and concentration on the bouquet, with subtle oak lift and iron-earth notes emerging in the glass. Medium-full bodied, this has plenty of fulsome, plush and sweetly ripe flavours of black and redcurrants, along with cassis and black plum fruits, lifted with violetty floral elements. Gimblett Gravels iron and earth flavours and significant extraction support the fruit sweetness providing breadth and an underlying core. The tannins, while fine-grained build and provide a firm mid-palate, leading to a dry finish of liquorice and oak spices. This well-ripened, and structured Cabernet Sauvignon has the fruit and grip to develop with interest over the next 7-9+ years. Match with roated beef or lamb, or with hard cheeses. Fruit from 62% ‘Redstone' vineyard and 38% ‘Gimblett Road' vineyard, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3-5 weeks on skins, and aged 18 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Apr 2012 RRP $32.99

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