Saint Clair Premium Cabernet Merlot 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Aug-2020
Deep, dark ruby-black with some depth, lighter on edge with a purple hue. The nose is gently full and elegant, nuances of cassis, blackberries, plums melded with smoky barrel element and underlying minty herbaceousness. Full-bodied, cassis, plums, along with red berries are juicy and fresh, gives vibrancy to the wine. Oak element provides a strong frame with fine-grained tannin, along with subtle barrel spices. The wine is robust with high tannin balanced by the quality of the fruit with bright characters and herbaceous subtleties; lacy acidity is smooth-flowing carries the wine to a sustained finish. This is an elegant Cabernet Merlot blend with pure fruit of cassis, plums and blackberries along with mint herbs on a robust tannin palate. Match with grilled beef steaks over the next 3-4 years. 13.5% alc. 17.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $20  

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