Craggy Range ‘Te Kahu’ Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Mar-2012
‘Te Kahu' meas ‘the cloak' and refers to the mist that can surround the ‘Giants' winery in the Tuki Tuki valley. ‘Te Kahu' is the Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels blend that reflects site made to a consistent ‘house style', so the blend can vary annually. This is 80% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 13 months in 28% new French oak barriques. Very full and dark purple-hued ruby-red colour, near impenetrable. Beautifully fresh and bright aromas of dark red berry fruit and plums intermingle with blackcurrant, mint and dark herb notes, along with a little oak toast. Medium-full bodied, attractively lush blackcurrant and red plum fruit flavours are the feature on the palate. Fine, lively acidity provides excellent definition and line, enhancing the fruit sweetness. Very fine, supple tannins provide a refined structure and carry the long finish of an array of black fruit flavours. This is an elegant and refined Bordeaux-varietal wine with the structure and fruit freshness to age 6-8+ years. Match with roasted lamb. 18.5+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $26.95

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