Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Jul-2012
A blend of 51% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in oak barrels. Full, even, dark, ruby-red colour. This has a fresh, firm bouquet of bright raspberry and plum jam with lifted confectionary notes, suggesting whole berry fermentation. Medium-bodied, fruity flavours of sweet boysenberry and plum jam are lifted by lollyish notes. The mouthfeel is grainy and textured from dry tannins, and the soft acidity moderates the grip. The wine finishes with strong, bold fruit flavours and good length. This fruity wine shows plenty of primary flavours of boysenberries and plums, and features a dry textured palate that will make it a good match with pastas, pizza and barbecued foods over the next 3+ years. 16.5-/20 Jul 2012 RRP $18.95

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