Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Sep-2018
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with black hues and slight garnet on the rim. The bouquetisfull and solidly packed with deep, dense and solid aromas of very ripe blackberry and black plum fruit along with a harmonious layering of spicy, cedary oak, unveiling integrated notes of iron-earth. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and powerful with deep and dense, very ripe flavours of black plums and blackberries intermixed with nuances of dark herbs and an amalgam of cedary, spicy oak and iron-earth complexities. The palate has richness and power with great presence, and is supported by considerable fine, flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is balanced and integrated and the wine carries to a solid and fulsome finish. This is a powerful and weighty Merlot with very ripe black plum and berry fruit with a layer of spicy oak andiron-earth on a robustly structured palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 8-12 years. Merlot fruit from the ‘McKay’ block, fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 21 months in 90% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $50.00

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