Mills Reef ‘Bespoke’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2017
Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. This has a subtly full and voluminous nose with very refined aromatic expression, showing fragrant redcurrants with nuances of blackcurrants. The nose unfolds a little nutty oak detail. This is elegant and beautifully aromatic. Medium-bodied, the palate is refined and elegantly presented with sweetly rich and juicy redcurrant fruit flavours entwined with blackcurrant fruit notes. The fruit is fragrant and focussed, unveiling a little dark herb and nutty oak interest. The tannins are very fine-grained, lending a velvety structure and mouthfeel, and the acidity is balanced and integrated, but lends good freshness. The wine flows easily to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a beautifully elegant and fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc blend with sweet redcurrant fruit with subtle currant and herb detail on a smooth, fine-textured palate. Serve with lamb and beef dishes and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-7 years. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Mere Road’ vineyard, vines 20 y.o., hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins post ferment and aged 13 months in 68% French and 32% American oak, of which 39% was new. RRP $39.95

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