Soljans Tribute Merlot/ Malbec 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 14-Sep-2020
Full, even, ruby-black with some transparency, very slightly lighter on edge. The nose is elegant, densely packed with dark plums, blackberries, interwoven vanilla, cedar and leathery development. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a tight core of dark plums and blackberries, an amalgam notes of barrel spices, vanilla unfolds, along with smoky cedar and leathery complexity. The palate possesses fine-grained tannin extraction, and lively acidity flows on a positive line. The wine carries good intensity of flavours and freshness, build on a fine structure, lead to a lingering supple finish. This is a densely packed, harmonious Merlot/ Malbec with fresh acidity, complexing barrel spices and cedar, leathery details on a fine-grained structured palate. Match with Black pepper beef and grilled lamb rump over the next 8 years. 18.5-/20 pts Sept 2020 RRP $40

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