Coopers Creek ‘Select Vineyards – Metals and Gravels’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Oct-2017
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly concentrated with a firm core of savoury dark-red berry fruits and plums, intermingling with tobacco and dried herbs, and subtle earthy notes. This is showing some secondary development. Medium-full bodied, the palate has vibrant and lively fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit and plums forming a concentrated heart. The fruit has subtle layers of earth, and is enlivened by fine, fresh, lacy acidity. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit as the wine grows in intensity and grip, revealing savoury secondary notes. The wine carries to a full-fruited and textured finish. This is a firmly concentrated Merlot/Malbec blend with complex savoury secondary flavours of tobacco and herbs and a firm, deep palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat or with semi-hard cheeses over the next 6+ years. A blend of 78% Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels and 22% Malbec from the Red Metals, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 10% new oak. 18.0/20 Oct 2017 RRP $25.00

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