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Pegasus Bay Merlot Cabernet 2020, North Canterbury

Blended Red from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 19-Jul-2023
Deep ruby red with a purple hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and generous, with lush aromas of cassis, plum, bramble and herb melded with an amalgam of spice and leather. Full-bodied, cassis, plum and bramble aromas entwined with rich herbs, tobacco leaf, leather, graphite and star anise. The wine is concentrated and complex, with densely weaved fine-grained tannins, unfolding a hint of dark cocoa. Lively acidity provides freshness and vitality to the dark-toned, rich palate. This Merlot Cabernet possesses a rich palate of dark fruit, herbs and integrated oak spice, leaving a powerful, lengthy linger. Match with tomahawk and beef brisket over the next 8+ years. Predominantly Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Fermented naturally in stainless steel to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 15% new oak. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) July 2023 RRP $35

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