Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 15-Jan-2013
Dark, even, moderately deep ruby-red with black hues to the colour, paler on edge. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of dark redcurrants, earth, tobacco and nuances of dried herbs, the fruit building in concentration. Oaking is in good balance. Medium-full bodied, rich, up-front, spicy plum and liquorice flavours fill the palate. Spicy oak and bright acidity add succulence to the fruit sweetness and form an integrated amalgam and core. Supple tannins provide good backbone and presence, the extraction growing to match balance the fruit and driving the flavours to a long, lingering dry finish with liquorice notes. This is a fulsome, well-constructed Merlot with rich plum and spicy oak flavours. Match with stews, casseroles and roasted red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from vines 10-15 y.o. fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak. 18.0/20 Jan 2012 RRP $32.99

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