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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Jun-2024
Full, deep ruby-red, slightly lighter on the rim. This has a robust bouquet with aromas of dark plum, blackcurrant, cocoa, leather, spice and meaty nuances. Full-bodied, aromas of dark plum and blackcurrant have a concentrated core, unfolding cocoa, leather, dark minerals, cured meat and spices. Fine-grained tannins show an earthy, mineral-rich quality and provide a good frame structure. Concentrated fruit and elegant spice linger to a long, rich closing. This Merlot is enticing, with a rich palate and structure elevated by dense fruit and fine acidity. Match with braised beef shortribs and roasted meat over the 10 years. Fruit from the Gimblett Gravels fermented to 13.5% alc. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Jun 2024 RRP $42

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