Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Feb-2018
Full, very dark, black-red colour, near-saturated, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine and firmly concentrated, quite elegant in proportion with ripe aromas of blackberries and black plums along with subtle notes spices, black ink and minerals, unfolding nuances of blackcurrants, with aromatic oak adding detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and intense flavours of ripe blackberries, plums, liquorice and spices, along with blackcurrants and ink. The fruit is complexed by spicy, nutty oak. Fine-grained tannin structure underlines the fruit with integrated and balanced acidity providing lift to the fruit expression. The flavours possess a degree of opulence and carry along a fine-textured line, leading to a long and sustained finish. This is a rich and intensely flavoured Merlot/Malbec blend with ripe blackberry, plum, liquorice and spice flavours on a fine-structured palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 8-10 years. A blend of 72% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from the company’s Gimblett (58%) and Bridge Pa (42%) vineyards, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 24 months in 45% new French oak. 280 cases made. 19.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $49.00

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