SOHO ‘Revolver’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc 2012

Merlot from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 14-Oct-2013
44% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fro SOHO’s ‘Onetangi Vineyard’ fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 35% new French oak barriques. Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues. This is elegantly concentrated with a deep core of spicy red plum and redcurrant fruit aromas, unfolding to reveal black berry fruits, herbs and earth, and some fragrant oak lift. Medium-bodied, this is beautifully elegant in proportion with a subtly succulent and rich core of plum, redcurrant and black berry fruits. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins in the background and lacy acidity. The mouthfeel has energy and lively, bright fruit linearity with savoury earth elements and spicy, cedary oak emerging to provide interest. The flavours carry through to a long and refined finish with spice and black fruit notes. This is a very elegant and supple Merlot-blend with refined richness and vitality. Serve with roasted beef, lamb and veal over the next 5-6 years. 18.5-/20 Oct 2013 RRP $40.00

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