Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Feb-2018
Dark red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegant and fresh-fruited with fragrant aromas of redcurrants along with lifted notes of red florals, unfolding subtle blackcurrant elements and fresh herbs. The aromatics form a slender, but finely concentrated core. Medium-bodied, the palate has bright and lively, fragrant fruit flavours of redcurrants, red florals and fresh herbs. The mouthfeel is refreshing with crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a light, grainy-textured line. This has an elegant structure and carries with very good energy to a lingering aromatic finish. This is a bright and aromatic Cabernet/Merlot blend with pretty redcurrant fruit and lifted florals, along with cool herb notes on a zesty, grainy palate. Serve with tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 3+ years. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc from Maraekakaho, 45% Merlot from the hills overlooking Gimblett Gravels and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine aged in French oak barrels with 25% new equivalence. 17.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $25.00

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