Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-May-2016
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a tightly bound bouquet of finely expressed aromas of ripe black-berried fruits, black and red currants, subtle black plum notes and dark red floral fragrances. Medium-full bodied and elegant in proportion, the palate is tightly bound with flavours of black and red currants intermixed with nuances of red florals. The fruit is refined and supported by fine-grained tannin structure and textures. Balanced acidity provides linearity and energy to the flow, and the concentrated core of black fruits carries along a fine-grained line leading to a tight, lingering aromatic black-fruited finish. This is an elegant, tightly concentrated, black-fruited Merlot with fine grip and acidity. Match with roast lamb and beef over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the fruit from three vineyards: Moteo, S.H. 50 (for the Cabernet Franc) and one in Bridge Pa, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new oak. Approx. 500 dozen made. 18.0+/20 May 2016 RRP $21.95

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