Pask ‘Declaration’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jun-2015
Fruit from the company’s oldest Merlot vines in the ‘McKay’ block in the Gimblett Gravels, given a cold soak and fermented with some in barrel to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 65% new French and American oak. Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with a little garnet on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly presented with firm, intense and deeply concentrated aromas of black plums melded with black berry fruits, along with complexing savoury iron-earth layers, nuanced by secondary hints of game and dried herbs. The fruit retains a core of fresh vibrancy with the potential to reveal greater detail. Medium-full bodied, tightly bound flavours of dark red and black plums and berry fruits with curranty notes form a concentrated heart. The fruit is sweetly rich and lusciously vibrant, with complexing iron-earth, pencilly and cedary oak elements adding detail. The mouthfeel is sleek and smooth in flow, with the fruit balanced with integrated and harmonious, fine-grained, flowery tannins. The acidity is fresh, and the wine shows excellent vitality and poise as it leads to a long, lingering, vibrant finish. This is an elegant and sleek, finely concentrated and vibrantly sweet Merlot with ripe dark fruits and an iron-earth core that will unfold over the next 8-10 years. Match with roast lamb or beef. 513 cases made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2015 RRP $50.00

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