Kidnapper Cliffs Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jun-2017
Very full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly presented with bright, ripe and vibrant aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and beautifully fragrant redcurrants, entwined with dark-red florals, cassis liqueur and an amalgam of cedary and pencilly oak, unveiling savoury iron-earth suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with good concentration and depth of ripe, sweetly vibrant flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, entwined with cassis liqueur dark, savoury herbs, iron-earth and cedary oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction that allows the fruit sweetness to feature, and the wine carries with good energy and drive to a long and sustained finish. This is a vibrantly rich and sweet-fruited Cabernet and Merlot blend with flavours of blackberries, black and red currants, and subtle savoury herb and earth nuances, lifted by pencilly oak on a refined, structured palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 8-10+ years. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc from the Te Awa vineyard, vines averaging 25 y.o., the fruit hand-picked, destemmed but not crushed, with some indigenous ferments to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 12-15 days on skins and aged 21 months in 35% new French oak barriques. 19.0/20 Jun 2017 RRP $64.99

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