Squawking Magpie SQM Gimblett Gravels Cabernets/ Merlot 2014, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 30-Jul-2021
Deep ruby-red with density, soften ruby on the rim. The nose is softly full and alluring, aromas of cedar, pencil shavings melded with menthol, cassis, red berry mix and spice liftings. Full-bodied, succulent aromas of red berries, cassis presented with purity, adorn by menthol and currant leaves; the palate grows with cedar, pencil shavings and an amalgam of barrel spices. The fruit is bright and pure, support by mouthwatering acidity; barrel complexity and age development go hand in hand in harmony. This elegant Cabernets/ Merlot blend from an excellent vintage displays pristine fruit, and smart oak use left a powerful finish. Match with Beef wellington and flintstone steak over the next 10+ years. A blend of 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12.5% Cabernet Franc sourced from Gimblett Gravels, handpicked, fermented in small open-top vats to 14% alc, basket pressed to French oak barrels, aged for 18 months, 33% new oak. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) July 2021 RRP $79

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