Sacred Hill ‘Brokenstone’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Jul-2014
A blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and 3% Malbec. Dark, deep, black-red with light purple hues, very youthful in appearance, the bouquet is also youthful and primary, with fragrant and aromatic plum fruits, along with enriching spicy elements. Quite an elegant wine in weight, the flavours of sweet and spicy dark red plums are amalgamated with fine-grained tannins resulting in a well-proportioned, stylish core. Succulence, aromatic richness and finesse lend accessibility, and the wine possesses a very long and sustained finish with spices and violet notes. Simple delectable. 18.5+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $49.95 82% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and 3% Malbec, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. Very vibrant, dark, black-purple colour. This has a full, bold and opulent nose of rich and ripe black plum fruits infused with spices and distinctive oak cedar, unfolding complex, savoury fruit-cake and earthy layers. Full-bodied, the palate features a powerfully extracted and densely pack core with masses of black plum fruit with oak spices and plenty of detail and nuance. The power and drive is impressive, and is matched by robust tannin grip and structure, which leads to a dense, extracted, dry finish. This is a robust and powerful Merlot wine that will age 10-12+ years. 19.5-/20 Nov 2013 RRP $49.95

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