Church Road ‘TOM’ Cabernet/Merlot 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Impenetrable black-red colour with slight garnet hues on the edge. The bouquet is refined with a firm core of black berried fruits and mineral notes, now revealing a little savoury secondary interest. This is still relatively youthful, and at the start of its development with iron-earth notes unfolding cassis elements, mint herbs and currants alongside primary ripe plum suggestions. Fullish bodied, the palate possesses a firm and tightly concentrated core of blackberries, cassis, black plums, iron-earth and minerals. The palate has very fine-grained tannin extraction forming a finely packed core supported by considerable tannin extraction. The tannins are beginning to show signs of roundness and resolution, but the mouthfeel is still fresh and energetic from good acidity. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish with freshness and fruit brightness. This is a classically structured, fine and firm-cored Cabernet/Merlot blend just beginning to show signs of development. It will age another 8-10 years. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.5% alc., the Cabernet spending 5 weeks and Merlot 2 weeks on skins, the wine aged 15 months in 71% new French oak barriques. 19.0+/20 May 2017 RRP $N/A Black-red colour, near impenetrable at the heart with youthful purple hues. The nose is full, open and accessible, with a softly concentrated and well-packed core of sweetly ripe black plums, blackberry and dark raspberry fruit. The aromatics still show plenty of primary character, with subtle and integrated oaking. Fullish-bodied, the palate is sweet, ripe and plush, with juicy flavours of black plums and black and red berry fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing with soft, supple tannins and moderate acidity adding to the rounded and filling nature. The extraction is fine-grained, allowing the fruit sweetness to feature, and the wine carries to an elegant and sustained finish. This has fruitiness and approachability, and will develop over the next 8 years. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.5% alc., the Cabernet spending 5 weeks and Merlot 2 weeks on skins, the wine aged 15 months in 71% new French oak barriques. 19.0-/20 May 2016 RRP $N/A Very dark, deep, full black-red colour with purple hues still present. The bouquet is refined and elegant with concentrated and powerful aromas of ripe blackcurrant fruit with layers of dark plum, spicy, shiny oak, nuances of savoury earth, game and cedar. Medium to full bodied, tightly bound and concentrated flavours of well-ripened blackcurrants, minerals and cedar show with detail, sweetness and liveliness. Subtle notes of earth and undergrowth add interest and suggestions of complexity. The fruit is supported and balanced by very fine-grained tannin extraction and precise acidity. The freshness and vitality of this on palate is the feature, and this carries through to a very long finish. This is a classical claret-styled, ageworthy Cabernet nd Merlot blend that will age 15+ years. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.5% alc., the Cabernet spending 5 weeks and Merlot 2 weeks on skins, the wine aged 15 months in 71% new French oak barriques. 19.0/20 May 2013 RRP $120.00

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