Mills Reef ‘Arthur Edmond’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Nov-2018
Full, deep, impenetrable black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is well-proportioned with deep and densely packed, concentrated and layered aromas of ripe blackberry fruit harmoniously melded with blackcurrant and black plums along with subtle notes of cassis, black herbs and integrated lead-pencil oak elements. This has superb intensity with aromatic finesse, unfolding essence of black fruits along with notes of iron-earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweetly rich, but stylishly restrained in its decadence, with a concentrated core of densely packed flavours of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants with blackcurrants and cassis all harmoniously interwoven, unfolding subtle dark herb detail, iron-earth and pencilly oak. The fruit depth is remarkable with beautiful refinement, and is underlined by very fine-grained powdery tannin extraction providing textural finesse. The acidity is seamlessly integrated, and the wine shows power, linearity and drive, flowing to a tight and firm, sustained finish of black fruits, cassis and iron-earth. This is an immensely concentrated and packed, but beautifully refined Cabernet/Merlot with ripe black fruits, cassis and iron-earth with pencilly oak , with great richness and class. Serve with finest cuts of lab, beef and venison over the next 15-20 years. A blend of 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, handpicked from the ‘Mere Road’ vineyard, destemmed and transferred to open-top fermenters, and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 16 days on skins post ferment and aged 20 months in 100% new French oak 300 L hogsheads. 1,118 bottles made. 20.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $350.00

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