Kidnapper Cliffs ‘Ariki’ Hawke’s Bay 2007

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2011
Very full, saturated black-red with youthful purple hues, this has a high-toned, slightly lifted nose of inky blackcurrant and well-ripened dark plums, a touch of mineral and steel, and subtle charry oak. Powerful on palate, with densely concentrated black fruit flavours intermingling with bramble and notes of savoury cedar, some elements of secondary development are just appearing. The wine highlights its fine-grained textural mouthfeel over the fruit expression at present. The wine clearly has a suppleness and creaminess of texture, but the locked-in fruit will need 2-3 years to unfold and re-emerge. Then drink over the next decade plus. 85% Merlot from ‘Zone 6', 15% Cabernet Franc from ‘Zone11', all Kidnappers designated from the Gimblett Gravels, aged in 33% new French oak for 18 months. Vinified and bottled at Dry River, Martinborough. These 2007 Hawke's Bay Bordeaux-styles are backward and quite immense and the ‘Ariki' fits the mould. 18.0+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $55.00

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