Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 29-Mar-2017
Even, dark ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter edged. The bouquet is fine in proportion with harmoniously entwined aromas of redcurrants and dark-red plums, along with gentle earthy and savoury nutty and tobacco notes. This is beginning to show some secondary development complexities. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a well-packed heart of ripe redcurrant and plum fruit flavours with savoury earth and dried herb notes. The fruit is rich with good drive and linearity, and is supported by grainy tannin extraction with underlying acid energy. The wine carries to an elegant, gently lingering finish of tobacco and cedar. This is an elegantly concentrated Merlot-based blend with redcurrant and plum flavours with secondary tobacco, earth and cedary notes on a grainy structured palate. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 6-7+ years. A blend of 94% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, with over 85% sourced from the ‘Te Awanga’ vineyard, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending nearly 4 weeks on skins and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barrels. 18.0-/20 Mar 2017 RRP $27.99 Full, dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and voluminous nose with deeply packed aromas of ripe black plum fruit entwined with layers of spices, liquorice, cassis and iron-earth mineral notes, and lifted oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate exudes vinosity and presence, the fruit initially restrained but blossoming with flavours of sweetly ripe black plums, blackberries, liquorice, minerals and iron-earth elements. The fruit is balanced by fulsome, but supple tannin extraction, and enlivened by excellent acid vitality. The palate is well-structured and vibrant, near robust, flowing with plenty of energy, carrying through to a full, black-fruited and earthy finish showing good grip, texture and length. This is a fulsome and robust Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend with ripe black fruits and good vitality. Match with slow cooked game meat, and hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. A blend of 91% Merlot from 17 y.o. vines and 9% Cabernet Franc from 12 y.o. vines from the ‘Te Awanga Estate’ vineyard fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 4 weeks on skins and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak. 18.5/20 Jun 2015 RRP $27.99

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