Gunn Estate ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Sep-2016
Dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter edged, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated and firmly bound with aromas of savoury black plums, blackberries and subtle layers of blackcurrants and herbs. Some iron-earth, savoury spice and cedar elements emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, well-bound flavours of savoury black plums and blackberry fruit show with earthy notes, dark herbs and curranty fruit, along with cedary oak. The palate is grainy textured lending a dry, tannic mouthfeel. Fresh, lacy acidity provides underlying tension and drive, and sweet fruit notes unfold through the extraction and carry to a lingering finish of plums and herbs. This is a sweet-fruited Merlot/Cabernet with savoury dark plum and berry flavours, earthy and cedary detail and a dry mouthfeel with underlying acid liveliness. Match with herb-marinated game meat over the next 4+ years. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels, 60% of the Merlot hand-picked, the fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in French oak. 17.0+/20 Sep 2016 RRP $19.99

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