Honorary ‘Lost Dozen’ ‘Phoenix Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Aug-2018
Even, dark ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a firm and well-concentrated nose with bound aromas of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit along with redcurrant elements. Subtle cassis and dark herb notes along with pencilly oak add detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with sweet and vibrantly bright flavours of blackcurrants and blackberries, red plums and background notes of fresh and dark herbs, cassis and a little earth. The fruit forms a fine core with good linearity, and is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, with soft, balanced acidity for completeness. The flavours carry to a soft, sustained finish. This is an elegantly proportioned Merlot/Cabernet blend with blackberry and curranty fruit on a finely extracted palate. Serve with lamb and beef, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. Hawke’s Bay fruit, a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 2 weeks on skins and aged 10 months in seasoned oak. Winemaker: James Hillard. 17.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $18.00

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