Church Road ‘TOM’ Merlot/Cabernet 1998

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-May-2016
Very dark, black-red colour with a slightly lighter rim. This has a very deep and powerful bouquet of savoury black-berried fruits along with complex secondary and tertiary earth, mineral and leathery notes. This has power, size and robustness. Full-bodied, the palate features bold and mouthfilling flavours of savoury black berried fruits melded with layers of savoury dark and dried herbs, earth and leather. The fruit has underlying sweetness and lusciousness showing ripeness and warmth, and is supported by considerable extraction and structure, with acid energy providing liveliness. The wine is firm, robust and rugged, but has a degree of accessibility, and will continue to develop over the next 8-10 years. 51% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Cabernet Franc, fruit from a variety of vineyards, none in the Gimblett Gravels or the Bridge Pa Triangle, the wine aged 18 months in French oak. 18.5+/20 May 2016 RRP $N/A Still very youthful in appearance, black-red colour, near impenetrable. The fruit is rich and ripe, with a sweet robustness to the expression. Density and concentration are its highlights and features, the mouthfeel surprisingly soft and accessible. The acidity is restrained, contributing to the roundness, but there is still a mass of extract, fruit weight and tannin. The fruit plushness and opulence is more than a match for the structure and carries the wine with power. This will develop over the next 8-10+ years. 18.5+/20 Nov 2013 RRP $N/A

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