Elephant Hill Merlot 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 11-Jun-2024
Deep ruby-red, slightly lighter on the rim. It has an attractive, elegant bouquet with plum, red berry, cassis, cedar, vanilla, and clove aromas. Full-bodied, aromas of plum, red berry and cassis are bright and succulent, layering with cedar, vanilla and clove. The lush fruit is the star, accompanied by elegant tannin extraction and oak spices, lending a dry, moreish finish. An excellent Merlot dominant blend, flaunting luscious fruit and a fine tannin structure. Match with beef wellington and braised brisket over the next 5 years. Fruit from 85% Gimblett Gravels (Stone vineyard), 15% Bridge Pa (Earth vineyard), a blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged in 20% new French oak for 15 months, the balance in older seasoned barrels and tank. 18.5+/20 (94 pts) Jun 2024 RRP $34

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