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Tantalus Estate Merlot/ Cabernet Franc/ Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Waiheke Island

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 28-Feb-2024
Full, deep ruby-red with a purple hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is generously packed with aromas of black plum, cassis, leather and an amalgam of spice. Full-bodied, aromas of Doris plum and cassis entwined with ripe strawberry, unfolding leather, clove and nutmeg. The fruit is succulent and pure, with balanced ripeness and acidity. Fine-grained tannins frame with a firm grip and complexity, lending a powerful finish. This red blend is generous with a pure fruit expression and fine oak complexity. Match with braised beef brisket and steak over the next 5+ years. Fermented to 14% alc, aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Feb 2024 RRP $65

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