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Radburnd Merlot Cabernet 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Feb-2022
Deep, full ruby-red, lighter on edge. The nose is elegantly presented, softly with deep aromas of red plum, cassis, layered herbaceous vine leaf, menthol, violet, unveiling liquorice, cedar, nutmeg. Full-bodied, aromas of red plums, cassis form a radiant core, intertwined vine leaf, peppermint, black liquorice, delicate oak spice, black pepper and cedar lend a lasting sustained finish. The fruit is youthful succulent with excellent depth and acidity balance. Fine-grained tannin framed a fine structure and a velvety mouthfeel. This Merlot-Cabernet shows refined fruit and oak details; it possesses complex aromatic layers, suave structure and age-ability. Match with beef wellington and venison loin over the next 10+ years. Cabernet fruit from gravel sites, Merlot from gravel sites and Bridge Pa, destemmed and whole berries in open-top fermenters, foot stomped, cold soaked, fermented in cool-moderate temperature to 14% alc, blended and aged for approx 20 months in old and new French oak barriques, approx 60% Merlot 40% Cabernet. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Feb 2022 RRP $85

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