Sacred Hill ‘Helmsman’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Jul-2012
Very full, saturated, purple-black-red colour. This has a very tightly bound and concentrated bouquet of very ripe blackcurrant essence, forming a deep and dense core, the aromatics expressed with great clarity. Layers of spices, herbs and oak toast unfold in waves. Full-bodied, the palate features very ripe blackcurrant and spicy black plum fruit flavours, spiced heavily with liquorice and new oak toast. This has richness and is exotic and decadent, and supported by powerful extraction. The tannins are coating, but are matched and balanced by the fruit depth, and enlivened by excellent acid tension and energy. The wine has great drive and a very long, sustained finish with bold black fruits and strong oak spices. A powerful and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, this has great richness, oaking and the structure to cellar for 10-15+ years. Serve with roasted and grilled red meat dishes. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc from the company's Gimblett Gravels vineyard, fermented to 14.0% alc., barrel-aged for 12 months, the components then blended and the wine given a further 6 months maturation in oak. 19.5-/20 Jul 2012 RRP $84.99

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