Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 15-Dec-2013
Fruit from 67% ‘Phoenix’ vineyard, Tuki Tuki Valley, 31% ‘Gimblett Road’ and 2% ‘redstone’ Bridge Pa Triangle, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 4-5 weeks on skins and aged in 30% new French oak barriques. Very full, deep and saturated, black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful. The nose is full with fresh and harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe, spicy black plums along with fragrant violet floral detail, liquorice and dark red berry fruits. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, gently building rich and succulent flavours of ripe black plums, florals and spices fill the palate with layers of delicate interest. Oaking is very sensitive and very well-integrated. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and seamless, with very fine-grained, supple tannins in support of the fruit. Discreet acidity adds energy and enhances the aromatic expression, and carry the flavours of liquorice and spices to a very long, refined, dry finish. This is an elegantly refined, rich and seamless Merlot with spicy fruit and fragrance. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venision dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years. 19.0-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $32.90

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