Sacred Hill ‘Brokenstone’ Hawke’s Bay 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Aug-2016
Very full, near impenetrable, purple-hued black-red colour. The nose is finely presented and softly concentrated with aromatic black plum fruit along with blackberries, blackcurrants, spices and fragrant redcurrant notes, unfolding dark red floral elements. The aromatics are expressed with restraint and harmony, unfolding iron-earth hints and lifted oak. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of savoury black and dark-red plums, blackberries and blackcurrants show with richness. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and gently supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin structure. As the wine flows, the fruit sweetness grows, and the palate reveals iron-earth, minerals and oak as it carries to a long, lingering, dry-textured finish. This is a full, softly rich Merlot-based wine with black plum and berry fruit, iron-earth nuances and a firm, fine-grained palate. Serve with lamb, beef, venison and casseroles over the next 8-10 years. A blend of 83% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months then the components blended and given a further 12 months in French oak, of which 33% were new. 18.5+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $49.99

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