Te Mata ‘Estate Vineyards’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernets 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Mar-2018
Dark, deep, black-hued red with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. This has a firm nose with moderately rich aromas of blackcurrants, black plums and redcurrant fruit with soft, dark herbs adding interest. This shows good ripeness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with dark-red berry fruit with blackcurrants and blackberries with herbal elements. The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, with lacy acidity. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish. A wine of good fruit presence. 4-5 years ahead of it. A blend of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc from the company’s Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and ‘Woodthorpe Terraces’ vineyards, fermented to 13.0% alc. and aged 12 months in 10% new French oak barrels. 17.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $22.00

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