Mission ‘Jewelstone’ ‘Antoine’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2011

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Aug-2015
A tribute to Father Antoine Garin, winemaker in the 1840s. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot from Mere Road and 21% Cabernet Franc from Gimblett Road, fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine spending 14-30 days on skins post ferment, and aged 18 months in new and 1 y.o. French oak barrels. Full, very deep, black-hued garnet-red colour with some bricking on the rim. The bouquet is very full, solid and densely packed with rich aromas of dark red berried fruits and blackcurrants, along with a complexing layer of savoury, funky game and meat, entwined with earth and leather. Lifted cedar, herb and olive detail adds to the interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is broad and mouthfilling with savoury dark red berry, currant and plum fruit flavours that unfold waves of funky earth and game notes. The fruit forms a rounded core, but the mouthfeel is showing fine, drying textures and grip that grows to prevail and carry through to a firm, lingering dry, funky finish. This is a mouthfilling Cabernet/Merlot blend with funky, savoury flavours and a fine, drying textured palate. Serve with slow-cooked game meat over the next 4-5 years. 17.0+/20 Aug 2015 RRP $49.99

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