Te Whau ‘The Point’ Waiheke Island Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 29-May-2018
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued red colour with a little garnet on the rim. The nose is softly full with ethereal layers of ripe fruit aromas of black and red currants entwined with dark plums, dark herbs, a little earthy complexity and fine, cedary, pencilly oak. This is beautifully harmonious and interwoven, and shows wonderful balance. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and gently full and well packed with layers of flavour showing blackcurrants, herbs, earth, some blackberry and black plum nuances, along with cedary and pencilly oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, forming a concentrated heart with drive and linearity. Fine, lacy acidity contributes to the tension and the flavours carry to a very long, sustained finish. This is a beautifully balanced, harmonious and proportioned Cabernet/Merlot blend with rich fruit and great structure in the classical Bordeaux style. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 10-15 years. The last vintage of ‘The Point’. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 19 months in new and seasoned French oak. 19.0+/20 May 2018 RRP $85.00

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