Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Apr-2013
This is Lot L0990, the second bottling of this label. Fruit from the company’s hillside Te Awanga vineyard fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged in new oak barriques. Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with some purple hues. This has a soft and fulsome bouquet of ripe black plum fruits with black ink and port-like notes, the nose revealing oak spices and cedary elements in the glass. Medium-full bodied, ripe black berry and plum fruit flavours show alongside port, roasted meat and inky notes. The mouthfeel is full and rounded with restrained acidity, and supple tannin grip underlining the fruit. This has plenty weight and depth, with the structure carrying the palate. The wine finishes with light, sweet fruit and oak spice nuance. This is a ripe, black-fruited Merlot with ink and porty notes and plenty of density and mouthfeel. Serve with slow-cooked game meat over the next 5-6 years. 17.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $24.00 Very dark, deep, near impenetrable hearted black-red colour. The nose is fresh fruited and elegant with softly concentrated aromas of ripe black and red plum and berry fruits, lifted with oak spices and liquorice. Medium-full bodied, this is finely proportioned with flavours of ripe black plums and spicy oak with toasty nuances. Fresh acidity is a feature and provides drive through the palate. The tannin extraction is restrained, resulting in fine, soft textures. This has a long finish of spiced, dark berry fruits. This is an elegant and sleek, contemporary Merlot to match with roasted lamb and beef over the next 5-6+ years. Merlot from the company's hillside vineyard overlooking Cape Kidnappers fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged in new oak barriques. 17.5+/20 May 2012 RRP $24.00

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