Te Motu Waiheke Island 1999

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 04-Nov-2015
Full, even, dark garnet colour with a deep heart and some bricking on the rim. The bouquet is soft, smooth and seamless with mature and integrated aromas of dark red berry and blackcurrant fruits harmoniously melded with dried herbs and savoury secondary cedary notes and tertiary earth and undergrowth elements. A firm, elegant core is revealed with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant with soft, savoury red berry fruit aromas along with secondary cedar and dried herb notes, and tertiary earth and game elements. The fruit forms a moderately deep core and fine line, with balanced, soft acidity. Dried herb and earthy flavours unfold and are carried by fine, dry, grainy tannins that carry the wine to an elegant, slender finish with sweet cedary elements. This is an elegant Bordeaux-blend with savoury tertiary flavours, showing the beginnings of dry textures. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 4 years. A blend of approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc fermented to 12.6% alc., the wine aged as components for 12 months in 25% new French oak, blended and given another 6 months in barrel. 17.5/20 Nov 2015 RRP $195.00

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