Esk Valley ‘Heipipi’ ‘The Terraces’ Hawke’s Bay Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Sep-2017
Black-red colour, with a black heart, near impenetrable. The nose is full, dense and voluminous with great breadth and depth of ripe black berries, black plums, unfolding an amalgam of spices, iron-earth, hints of black herbs and minerals. The nose is complete in expression, quite multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Full, firm, still quite tight and near closed on palate, the density and power grows, with concentrated ripe blackberry fruit entwined with spice notes, sweet oak and iron-earth and minerals. The tannin extraction provides mouthfilling structure, the acidity integrated. The trade-off is vitality for completeness. This is a monolithic wine, with immense drive and ripeness and density. A great wine. A blend of approx. 40% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from ‘The Terraces’ vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and co-fermented in concrete vat, the wine aged approx. 18 months in 100% new French oak barriques. 20.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $163.50

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