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Testify by Daniel Brennan Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Apr-2023
Full, deep ruby-red with a dark purple core, lighter on edge. The nose is piquant with aromas of plum, red currant, blackcurrant, and a hint of herb alongside tobacco, spice, liquorice and minerals. Full-bodied, aromas of plum, red and blackcurrant melded with vine leaf, tobacco, dark minerals, liquorice, clove and cinnamon bark. Fine-grained tannins entwined with graphites, lined a firm framework. Tangy acidity carries spice and a sustained finish. This structured Red Blend shows a red fruit core enriched by oak spice and a firm tannin structure supported by a tangy acid line. Match with lamb or beef over the next 6+ years. A blend of Malbec 60%, Merlot 40% from William Murdoch vineyard, 100% destemmed, lightly crushed, cold macerated for 5 days before wild fermented to 14% alc, partial co-ferment. Aged 24 months in French barriques, 20% new oak. Certified organic. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2023 RRP $56

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