Moana Park Estate Estate Grown Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Nov-2020
Deep, dark purple-red with some transparency, lighter purple on edge. The nose is full, with depth and intensity of meat, leather, melded with dark plums, currants along with an amalgam of spices and underlying alcohol power. Medium-full bodied, aromas of dark plums, black currants accompanied by vine leaves form a concentrated core, along with notes of leather and meat richness. Spices amplified on the palate, reflecting fine-grained tannin extractions. Balanced acidity lightens up the rich palate and mealy details; along with alcohol power, lingers to a sustained full finish. This is a concentrated Merlot Cabernet Franc blend, displaying aromas of dark plums, currants and vine leaf herbaceousness, along with mealy elements, oak spices on a supple tannin palate. Match with skirt steaks and meat roast over the next 3-4 years. Machines picked, tank-fermented to 14% alc, aged in French oak 225L barrels for 18 months, 50% new. NZVS Vegan Certified. 18-/20 pts (90 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $38

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