Sacred Hill ‘Helmsman’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Jul-2014
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, also dark, but blackred in colour. Elegant and building in depth and intensity on the nose, more driven in dimension rather than voluminous, with aromatic cassis and lead-pencil aromas, with subtly interwoven notes of cedar and savoury olives with blackcurrant leaf lift. Tightly bound on palate, this has a firm and intensely packed line. Concentration, with lively acidity, the wine youthful, fresh, vibrant and still with much to unfold. Textural and dry to match the fruit sweetness, the tannins becoming more prominent as the wine progresses. This will age well, easily 8-10 years, but the fineness and suppleness will enable approachability. 19.0+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $84.95 Very dark, deep, near impenetrable, purple-hued black-red colour. This has a powerful concentrated nose that blossoms with rich, ripe blackcurranty fruit, complexed by black plums, minerals, spices and lifted, cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a tightly packed and densely concentrated core of pure blackcurranty fruit. The fruit is pristine and excellently spiced and complexed by new oak. This has great power, drive and linearity, with very refined in mouthfeel, but has significant tannin extraction that carries the fruit to a long, sustained finish. A Cabernet-based wine of great power and intensity. It will age 10-12+ years easily. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% new French oak. 19.5+/20 Nov 2013 RRP $84.95

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