H Martinborough Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Merlot from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 16-Jul-2012
Merlot and Cabernet fruit from Oxford Street supplemented with fruit from Benfield & Delamare, fermented to 13.5% alc., wine aged in 17% new French oak. Full, deep ruby-red colour with some black hues and garnet on edge. The nose is soft, easy and accessible with aromas of cool-spectrum redcurrant and red plum fruits along with herbal nuances. Medium-bodied, light flavours of dark red curranty fruit are expressed with savoury, earth elements. Some secondary dried herb notes show. This is moderately extracted, and along with the acidity, provides a dry texture and mouthfeel underlining the fruit. The finish features earthy Merlot fruit with acid brightness. This is a lighter Merlot-based wine with some secondary development. Match with casseroles and semi-firm cheeses over the next 3-4+ years. 15.5/20 Jul 2012 RRP $24.99

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