Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Mar-2017
Full, even, black-red colour with purple hues. The nose is tightly bound and a little restrained, but builds to show a well concentrated core of very ripe black plum and black berried fruits along with nuances of boysenberries and port-like suggestions, with nutty oak and iron-earth elements. Medium-full bodied, this has a moderately concentrated heart with deep flavours of ripe blackberries, and black plums, entwined with nutty oak and complexing iron-earth detail. The fruit is underlined by firm, fine-grained tannin extraction providing structure and linearity, with fresh, balanced acidity lending tension and energy. The wine carries with vitality to a long, lingering fine-textured finish. This is a well-ripened Merlot/Cabernet blend with black berry and plum fruit flavours complexed by iron-earth mineral notes on a firm, finely extracted palate. Match with roast lamb or beef, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 6 years. A blend of 78% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 1 and 2 y.o. French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $27.99

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