Sacred Hill ‘Brokenstone’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Jul-2012
62% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah and 12% Cabernet Franc, from the company's Gimblett Gravels vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in barrel, then given a further 4 months in barrel after blending. Very full, impenetrable, even, black-red colour. The nose is full, dense and concentrated, but still a little restrained at present, showing ripe, black plum and black berry fruit aromas with lifted violetty nuances and new oak spicing. Full-bodied, this has great presence, with full, plump and densely packed flavours of black plums infused with beautifully balanced spicy oak. Nuances of florals, pepper and liquorice unfold in waves, and fill the mouth smoothly and harmoniously. This has serious extract, with significant tannins, which are extremely ripe and fine in texture. The structure supports the fruit richness which carries through to a long, spicy, oaky finish. This is a ripe and very rich fruited Merlot-based wine with refined, but serious extraction and excellent balance. Serve with roasted lamb and beef over the next 10-12+ years. 18.5+/20 Jul 2012 RRP $49.99

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