Matariki ‘Quintology’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2010

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Jul-2015
A blend, in descending order, of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 50% new French oak barriques. Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour, with light garnet hues on edge. The nose is full, deep and concentrated with fresh, lively and vibrant aromas of dark red and black berry and plum fruit entwined with liquorice, spices and redcurrant elements. Layers of pepper, game and earth emerge, revealing the beginnings of secondary complexity. Medium-full bodied, fresh, sweet, vibrant and juicy fruit flavours of dark red and black berry fruits feature on the palate, revealing layers of plum, liquorice, pepper, spices, earth and dried herbs. This combines freshness and a degree of primary expression with subtle savoury secondary interest. The mouthfeel is bright and fresh with acid vitality, and the fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure and extract that carries the wine to an elegant, lingering, nuanced finish with cedar and pencilly oak. This is a sweet and vibrantly fruited, complex Merlot-based blend with layers of fruit and nuance, a fresh mouthfeel and positive structure for further development over the next 7-10 years. Match with roasted red meats and hard cheeses. 18.5+/20 Aug 2015 RRP $80.00

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