Mission Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jun-2016
Very dark, even ruby-red colour, little lighter edged. The nose is tightly bound and firmly concentrated with packed aromas of black berried fruits, dark herbs, currants and mint, the aromatics a little raw and peppery, still very primary in expression. Medium-full bodied, this has a concentrated core of blackberry and blackcurrant fruits along with dark, aromatic herbs and suggestions of stalkiness. The mouthfeel is refreshingly youthful and firm with fine-grained tannin extraction, with balanced, mouthwatering acidity. The fruit sweetness is enhanced by the acidity and carries with grip to a lively, brisk finish of blackcurrants and herbs. This is a youthfully fresh and bright fruited, tight and firmly packed Merlot with blackberry, blackcurrant and herbal flavours. Serve with herb-marinated, barbecued red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Merlot fruit with 7% Cabernet Franc and Malbec from inland sites including Ohiti Road, the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine spending 7-20 days on skins post ferment and bottled without oak contact. 16.5/20 Jun 2016 RRP $15.99

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