Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Jun-2018
Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, a little lighter edged. The nose is elegantly proportioned and deeply packed and dense aromas of harmoniously interwoven notes of blackcurrants, black plums along with spicy blackberries, along with a layer with an amalgam of spicy herbs and new oak adding lift and richness. A little iron-earth complexity emerges with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-packed with flavours of blackcurrants and cassis liqueur integrated with black plums and blackberries, dark herbs and spicy new oak. The fruit has sweetness and richness and is supported by fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction providing good structure and presence. Integrated acidity lends balance, freshness and a degree of tension. Iron-earth elements emerge as the wine carries to a sustained finish. This is a densely packed Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec blend with blackcurrant, cassis, plum and blackberry fruit along with dark herbs and spicy new oak. Match with slow-cooked game meat, casseroles and semi-hard cheeses over the next 8+ years. A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 15% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 19 months an approx. 85% new French and American oak barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. 399 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $50.00

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