Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Jun-2018
Ruby-red colour with good depth, a little lighter on the edge with a touch of garnet. The nose is softly full and voluminous with good depth of dark-red and black currant and berry fruit aromas along with dark-red plums and a layer of dark herbs. This is fresh and bright, and shows good depth with some subtle cool-spectrum hints. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart with flavours of black plums and berry fruit with notes of red and blackcurrants and a delicate herbal layering. The fruit forms a rounded core with fine-grained tannin extraction and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The palate core becomes firmer as it flows, showing good linearity, leading to a sustained finish with some presence. This Merlot has black fruit with coolish currant and herb notes with a good palate core, fine structure and presence. Match with herb-marinated beef and lamb dishes over the next 4 years. Merlot fruit from the ‘McKay’ block, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 8% new French and American oak barrels. 17.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $22.00Dark, even ruby-red colour with some black-purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a solid and up-front nose with fresh, ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and plum aromas along with hints of dark herbs and subtle nuances of nutty oak. Medium-full bodied the palate is sweet and lush with flavours of blackberries, currants and black plums entwined with redcurrant and dark herb detail. The flavours are mouthfilling, forming a hearty core with fine, grainy tannin structure and fresh, lively acidity providing plenty of energy. The wine carries to a rich, black-fruited, lingering finish showing dark herbs. This is a rich and lively, black berry and plum-fruited Merlot with dark herb notes, plenty of presence and heart, with good structure and freshness. Match with herb-marinated lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘McKay’ block fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 8% new French and American oak. 18.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $22.00

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