Mudbrick ‘Velvet’ Waiheke Island 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 03-Jul-2016
Full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full and voluminous with gentle layers of aromatics revealing ripe blackberries and blackcurrants with spices, dark herbs, earth and mineral complexities. This grows in opulence showing cassis liqueur, cedar and pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full, bold and opulent with sweetly ripe fruit flavours of dark red and blackberry fruit, along with plums and liquorice. Waves of cedar are melded with vanilla and pencil-shavings oak. The mouthfeel is decadent, but balanced by finely-textured, substantial tannin extraction, and the palate is harmonious in presentation, and flows smoothly to a long finish of sweet plums and dark chocolate. This is a rich, lusciously opulent Cabernet/Merlot blend with black fruit and exotic oaking, with substantial extract and structure, presented with great harmony. Match with lamb dishes over the next 10-12 years. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Malbec from the ‘Mudbrick’ and ‘Shepherds Point’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 45% new French oak barriques. 150 cases made. 19.0+/20 Jul 2016 RRP $140.00

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