Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Oct-2017
Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. This has an elegantly concentrated and packed nose of ripe plum fruit with blackberries and blackcurrants, unfolding a little cassis with layers of fragrant, spicy oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, elegantly packed core of dark-red plum fruit and liquorice with blackcurrants and cassis flavours. The fruit is complexed by a layering of dark herbs and sweet, spicy oak. The flavours are rich and juicy and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction that provides good linearity, carrying to a lingering finish of blackcurrants, plums and spicy oak. This is an elegant, sweet and juicy fruited Cabernet/Merlot with plum, liquorice and blackcurrant fruit and spicy oak on a finely extracted palate with good linearity. Match with beef and lamb, and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of 55.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39.4% Merlot and 4.9% Cabernet Franc, the fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented with a portion of whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 36% new French and American oak hogsheads. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.95

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