Gillman Matakana 2009

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 15-Jun-2015
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues on the edge. This has a well-concentrated and intense nose of savoury black berried fruit with dark red plums infused with spices, pencil shavings and cedary oak notes, lifted with a touch of volatility. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a concentrated, rich core of sweetly ripe black berried fruits, along with spicy black plums and lifted, cedary oak. The fruit is encased by fine, powdery tannins, and the mouthfeel has grip and structure, growing to show plenty of robust presence. Lacy acidity enlivens the palate and carries the black fruits and cedary oak to a very long and sustained, concentrated and textured finish. This is a tightly concentrated, sweet, black-fruited Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend with underlying textured grip and structure. Match with grilled and roasted lamb, beef and venison, as well as hard cheeses over the next 10+ years. A blend of 71% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 4% Malbec from the ‘Gillman’ vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 2 years in 50% new French oak. 120 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2015 RRP $70.00

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