Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Feb-2013
Very full, dark, deep purple-hued black-red colour, near impenetrable, youthful in appeareance. The bouquet is very tightly packed and concentrated with aromas of ripe black berry fruit and sweet dark plums, unfolding subtle spicy oak. The nose is still very closed and brooding, promising much. Full-bodied with firmly concentrated and intense flavours of ripe blackcurrants and spiced plums, notes of iron-earth, liquorice and cedary spices add complexity. The flavours are still restrained and held back, but the density and nuance shows the potential. Very fine-grained, firm and serious tannin extraction forms the framework, with power, elegance and linearity that drives the palate to a very long, fine-textured finish showing black fruits, cedary oak and spices. This is a concentrated and seriously structured Cabernet/Merlot blend that has the potential to develop wonderfully over the next 8-10+ years. Serve with roasted lamb or beef, and with hard cheeses. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot from the ‘Mere Road' vineyard, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 32% new French oak barrels. 19.0-/20 Feb 2013 RRP $45.00 This is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot from the ‘Mere Road' vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine then aged 16 months in 32% new French oak barrels. Very dark, deep, youthful ruby-red colour with purple hues, this has a powerful and concentrated bouquet of blackcurrants and cassis, with black olives and plums, rich and layered with complexing notes of spicy oak and game meat. Fullish-bodied, this has tightly bound, dense and concentrated flavours of black fruits, plums and hints of liquorice. The flavours unfold layers of interest, with some funky game elements, and the oak showing nuances of cedar. A fresh wine with excellent acidity and very fine-grained tannins, the suppleness and fine, elegant proportions will it drink and keep well over the next 6-8+ years. Serve with lamb, beef, venison and aged hard cheeses. 18.5/20 May 2011 RRP $45.00

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