Delta Merlot 2019, Hawkes Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Jun-2020
Dark, medium ruby-red with some depth, lighter on edge. The nose is presenting voluminously with dark plums and berries, rich with smokey meat notes; melded with an amalgam of spices, cocoa and nutty aromas. Full-bodied, dark plums and blackberries entwined with smokey meat notes; unfolding spices and nutty savouriness. The palate is full, weights rich cocoa and nutty notes of toasted almonds; interweaved with a hefty extraction of grippy tannin, leads the wine to a dry and an adequate finish. This is a robust red weight of dark plums and cherries, complex smokey meat notes melded with cocoa and spices; supported by a firm, grippy tannin structure. Serve with barbeque meat and roasted beef over the next 3-5 years. Fruit fermented to 13.5% alc, matured in stainless steel tanks and seasoned French oak for 9 months. 17.5/20pts June 2020 RRP $20

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