Radburnd Merlot Cabernet 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 11-Jan-2021
Deep ruby-red with some transparency, lighter on edge. The nose has an elegant core and growing in intensity, nuances of red currants, cassis entwined with vanillin, cedar and red earth. Medium-full bodied, nuances of red currants, cassis and cranberries are vibrant, unfolding vanilla, cardamom, cedar, along with red earth mineral. The structure is supported by fine-grained and silky tannin with a fine grip, elegantly presented, lingering with cedar and oak spices; along with a delicate acid tension shows focus and vitality, lends a long sustained finish. This is a stylish Merlot-Cabernet blend with red-fruited characters, complexing cedar and spices along an elegant silky tannin structure line. Match with braised brisket and skirt steak over the next 8+ years. Parcels of Merlot and Cabernet selected from Ngaruroro River and old vines Merlot from Bridge Pa region. Handpicked, hand-sorted, destemmed. Foot stomped in open-top fermenters, some Merlot whole bunches, fermented to 13.5% alc. Aged in new and seasoned barriques for 21 months, final blend approx 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Jan 2021 RRP $85  

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