Elephant Hill Merlot 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Aug-2021
Deep, ruby-black, lighter on edge. The wine has a fragranced, softly full bouquet; ripe plums and blackberries aromas have a savoury edge, melded with violet, cedar and new leather. Full-bodied, Doris plums, blackberries nuances broaden by savoury element, interweave barrel spices, cedar and a hint of new leather. The palate is weighty with the density of fruit, perfectly ripened with subtle floral complexity; fine-grained tannin framed a fine structure, smooth and round-edged. This elegant Merlot from a hot vintage possesses ripe fruit and ripe tannin with complimenting oak details. Match with ribeye with chimichurri and beef Wellington over the next 5+ years. A blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet France, aged 10 months in barrels, 35% new oak with no racking and fining. Further aged 8 months on lees in stainless steel tank before bottling, filtered. 13% alc. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Aug 2021 RRP $36  

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