Crossroads ‘Talisman’ Hawke’s Bay 2009

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Jul-2011
The flagship wine for Crossroads' first vintage in 1994. It is a secret blend of six varieties, the very best fruit available to the company; and the proportions vary each vintage. The fruit sources are Crossroads' vineyards at Fernhill, the Gimblett Gravels and Mangatahi. The wine is 14.5% alc., and was aged 14 months in all new oak barriques, of which 85% were French and 15% American. Very full, dense, near impenetrable black-red colour with some youthful purple hues. The bouquet is voluminous and full of very ripe black berry fruits with black pepper and spices, lifted by cedary new oak. The aromatics are nuanced and attractively interwoven. Rich, ripe and very opulent, waves of black plum and berry fruits, Oriental spices, black pepper and oak cedar flow across the palate. The fruit is extremely concentrated, but balanced by underlying, fine-textured tannins. The wine is bear decadent, but not excessive, and exudes great harmony and surprising stylishness. Serve with rich, hearty and spice-laden Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10+ years. 19.0-/20 Jul 2011. RRP $45.00

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