Elephant Hill ‘Hieronymus’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Nov-2015
‘Hieronymus’ means ‘one with s sacred name’ in Greek and Latin. The name here pays tribute to the Weiss family ancestor Hieronymus Ebner von Eschenbach, Lord Mayor of Nuremberg. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from the company’s Gimblett Gravels vineyard and 20% each Merlot and Malbec from the Triangle Vineyard co-fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 80% new French oak. Very dark, black-hued, vibrant purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a finely proportioned, tightly concentrated, smooth and silky presented nose of ripe blackcurrants, cassis liqueur and blackberry fruit, along with suggestions of sweet black plums, melded with iron-earth and black minerals, and some spicy oak toast nuances. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries are plush, sweet and vibrant with excellent freshness and vitality. The mouthfeel is lush, lively and full of verve and energy, with beautiful acid tension. The extraction and concentration are impressive, but the tannins very fine-grained, forming a tight and taut core with drive and linearity. As the wine flows, subtle iron-earth, minerals and spices lift the fruit profile, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish with richness, freshness poise and balance. This is a classically constructed rich, refined and structured Bordeaux blend with beautiful vitality to match the texture and richness. Serve with lamb, beef and venison over the next 15+ years. 20.0/20 Nov 2015 RRP $95.00

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