Crossroads ‘Vineyard Selection – Kereru Road’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Jul-2011
Two-thirds Merlot from the ‘Kereru' vineyard, Magatahi, and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Mere Road' site in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 58% new French oak barriques. Very dark, deep, near-saturated black-red with purple hues, this has a powerful, dense, yet aromatic and lifted bouquet of very ripe blackcurrant fruit, dark plums and ink, supported by spicy, cedar-nuanced oak. Full-bodied and very intensely flavoured with ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, this is classically structured. The concentrated fruit is framed by very firm, but fine-grained, powdery tannins and given tension by the excellent level of acidity. Layers of ripe fruits, notes of herbs, earth and oak spice develop in the glass. A wine of generosity and largesse, retaining proportion and impressive balance that will cellar for 10-15 years. Serve with rich red meat dishes and hard cheeses. 19.0/20 Jul 2011 RRP $45.00

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