Gladstone Vineyard ‘Reserve – Auld Alliance’ Gladstone 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Feb-2012
‘Auld Alliance' recalls France and Scotland's historical connection against the English, but is also a recognition of Scottish owner Christine Kernohan making wine with classical Bordeaux varieties. This is 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc all from the ‘Dakins Road' block fermented to 14.85% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 90% French and 10% American oak. Dark, deep, full ruby-red colour, the bouquet is soft and densely packed with sappy blackcurrant, savoury dark herb and green olive aromas, the fruit with a cool profile, but well-integrated with oak cedar. Medium-full bodied, this has a very appealing lusciousness, the palate a harmonious mix of dark currant fruit, herbs and spicy, cedary oak that opens to reveal layers of nuance. Fine-grained, supple tannins and fresh acidity provide a well-proportioned structure that allows the fruit and oak sweetness feature. The finish is long and lingering. This is a cleverly-crafted claret-style wine that matches cool fruit and spicy oak with appeal. Serve with herb marinated roasted lamb over the next 5-7 years. 18.0-/20 Feb 2012 RRP $45.00

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