Redmetal Basket Press Merlot/ Cabernet Franc 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Dark, deep, even, ruby-red with a black hue. The nose is softly-full and fresh with aromas of red plums, berries, releasing a gentle balsamic spike with oak spices fragrance with aeration. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is gently-soft with well-concentrated aromas of black plums, red berries, underlying red liquorice and an amalgam of oak spices. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity supported by supple, smooth tannin extraction. The palate is well-integrated, easy-drinking, offered a sense of comfort. This is a well-integrated Merlot dominant blend with red and black fruit, oak spices detail, supported by supple tannin structure. Match with beef stew and ragu over the next 4-5 years. 95.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah. 14% alc. Aged in barrel for 14 months. 18/20 pts June 2020 RRP $35

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