Longbush ‘Bird’ Gisborne Merlot 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 23-Apr-2014
The label depicts the brown kiwi. Gisborne fruit from a well-established grower, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged a few months in barrel with 15% new wood equivalence. Full, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full, rounded and densely packed nose of ripe dark plums with boysenberry jam and curranty aromas, revealing reductive-like tar and mineral nuances. Medium-full bodied, fulsome flavours of dark plums, black fruits and sweet jam are entwined with herb and tar-like flavours. The fruit is encased by grainy tannins forming a robust mouthfeel, enlivened by good acid vitality. The palate carries the flavours to a strong, firm and dry-textured finish. This is a fulsome and robust Merlot with ripe black plum, jam and tarry notes. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 5+ years. 17.0+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $19.99

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