Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-May-2011
Merlot fruit with a small portion of Cabernet Franc from the ‘Mere Road' site given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine then aged 15 months 78% French and 22% American oak barrels. Bright ruby-red in colour with purple hues, this has a soft, full bouquet of savoury dark red berry fruits, plum jam compote with complex herb and earth nuances as well as a little toasty oak. This is a full-bodied wine with sweet, ripe and luscious dark plum and savoury-jam flavours, the fleshiness backed by strong tannin structure, resulting in a firm, drying finish. On the way, there is power and depth underlining the palate. This is a crowd-pleasing wine that will be a match with Middle Eastern lamb dishes and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-7+ years. 18.0-/20 May 2011 RRP $24.95

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