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Elephant Hill Stone Merlot 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Oct-2022
Deep, full ruby-red, lighter on the rim. The nose is gently growing in volume, with aromas of cigar, overlying plum, red berry, herb and spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas of plum and red berry have a savoury edge, unfolding clove, nutmeg, cigar leaf and blackcurrant leaf. The fruit is dense and enlivened by lively acidity; ripe, smooth, grainy tannins reflect dark minerals and carry on to a long, dry finish. This elegant Merlot possesses a dark mineral backbone with red fruit and cigar spice on a fine tannin palate. Match with flank steak and meat stew over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from 98% Stone vineyard in Gimblett Gravels, 2% Earth vineyard in Bridge Pa, 91% clone 181 Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, inoculated & natural fermentation, 14% alc, and spring natural MLF. Aged 30 months on light lees in total, 22 months in barrel, 38% new oak and 8 months in tank. 800 cases produced. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $59

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