Quarter Acre Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2015

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Aug-2016
Very full, dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour with a lighter edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is full, concentrated and intensely packed with layers of ripe black plums, blackberry fruit and liquorice, along with spices and cedary oak. The aromatics are powerful and dense in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome with rich filling flavours of ripe blackberries, black plums, spices and liquorice and cedary oak. The fruit is framed by grainy tannins and the mouthfeel has plenty of grip and presence. The rich, sweet fruit is enlivened by underlying lacy acidity and the wine leads to a strong, textured, black-fruited finish with spice and cedar notes. This is a rich, mouthfilling, ripe, black-fruited Merlot blend with a robust structure. Match with barbecued and roasted game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 82% Merlot. 14% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc from a Havelock North vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 65% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $34.99

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