Mission ‘Jewelstone’ ‘Antoine’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 21-Aug-2015
A tribute to Father Antoine Garin, Mission’s pioneering winemaker in the 1840s. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Road vineyard, 39% Merlot from the Mere Road vineyard, and 3% Cabernet Franc from Bridge Pa Triangle, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine spending 14-30 days on skins post ferment and aged 18 months in 65% new French oak. Full, very dark, black-hued purple red, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated with refined aromas of vibrant and fresh blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis fruit. Nuances of liquorice, black plums and chocolate emerge, along with black minerals, iron-earth, black florals and pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich, lush and sweetly concentrated flavours of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries which unveil layers of earth and minerals. Complexing nuances of meat, herbs and cassis liqueur emerge to add detail. The palate is considerably structured with fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction, and has linearity and power that carry the wine to a densely concentrated, sustained finish of cassis and liquorice. This is an elegant, richly concentrated Cabernet and Merlot blend with vibrancy and refined structure. Serve with roast lamb over the next 10-15+ years. 19.0+/20 Aug 2015 RRP $49.99

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