Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Dec-2016
Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is tightly bound and fine in presentation, a little soft and slender in expression, showing some depth of redcurrant fruit along with blackcurrant leaf, notes of red plums and fresh herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front, fresh and bright flavours of redcurrants and plums intermixed with herbs and some leafy notes. The mouthfeel is lively with fresh, underlying acidity, and the fruit supported by light, supple tannin structure. The extraction flows with linearity to a lingering, crisp, dry finish of redcurrants, plums and herbs. This is a fresh, bright and lively Merlot with cooler spectrum redcurrant, plum, herbal and leafy flavours on a light-textured palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef salad dishes over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘McKay’, ‘Watercourse’ and ‘Trust’ blocks fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in French and American oak. 2,000 cases made. 16.5/20 Dec 2016 RRP $22.00

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