Elephant Hill Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Jan-2024
Deep ruby-red with some bricking, lighter on the rim. This has a generous, opulent bouquet with aromas of leather, cedar, dried violet, an amalgam of spice, underlying plum, cassis and blackberry. Full-bodied, aromas of plum, cassis and blackberry enriched by layers of nutmeg, cloves, leather and cedar. Fine-grained ripe tannins provide structure and an opulent mouthfeel. The fruit, acidity and oak are integrated harmoniously, lending a long, rich finish. This Merlot Cabernet shows beautifully with generous flavours and layers in harmony, well-structured and robust. Match with braised beef short ribs and tomahawk over the next 8+ years. Handpicked fruit from Gimblett and Bridge Pa vineyards, fermented to 13.% alc, aged in French oak, 35% new. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Jan 2024 RRP $44

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