Craggy Range ‘Sophia’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Jun-2017
Very dark, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the edge, and very youthful in appearance. The nose is intensely concentrated and tightly bound with elegantly penetrating aromas of dark redcurrant, blackcurrant and plum fruit entwined with spiced and cedary and pencilly oak, along with subtle layers of fresh dark herbs, minerals and a suggestion of iron-earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is beautifully proportioned with rich, succulent fruit flavours of blackberries, black and red currants with dark-red plums. The fruit unfolds spice notes with cedary and pencilly oak, along with notes of herbs and minerals. The fruit is vibrant with plenty of acid energy, and along with the richness forms an elegantly concentrated heart, with balanced tannin structure and grip. The textures carry the wine to a densely packed, long and sustained finish of black fruits, herbs, spices and cedary oak. This is a vibrant, elegantly proportioned, succulently rich Merlot-based wine with black fruits, herbs and oak on a well-structured and packed palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 10+ years. A blend of 73% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., with pump overs, the wine spending approx. 5 weeks on skins and aged 19 months in 45% new French oak barriques. 19.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $105.00

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