Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Jul-2015
Full, impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues on rim. The nose is very rich and intensely concentrated with aromas of ripe black berry, blackcurrant and plum fruits, still very fresh, vibrantly lifted and primary in expression, revealing black mineral, iron-earth and fragrant black, blue and violet florals. The fruit has opulence, and is complexed by a fine piquant herbal line which unfolds subtle cedary oak detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a richly concentrated palate with intense, deep, ripe flavours of blackcurrants, black plum and berried fruits. The sweetness is enhanced by acid vibrancy and vitality, and lifted by floral and herbal elements. Very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction provides significant structure, mouthfeel presence and linearity, and carries the wine, revealing iron-earth and cedary oak notes on a very long, lingering finish. This is a very rich, concentrated and ripe, youthful sweet-fruited Merlot/Cabernet blend with fine-grained structure. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 10+ years. A blend of 64% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec, 78% from the company’s ‘Gimblett Vineyard’ and 22% from the ‘Triangle Vineyard’, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. 19.0/20 Jul 2015 RRP $49.00

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