Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-May-2018
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegant in proportion with fresh and vibrantly bright, fragrant aromas of dark-red berry and plum fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs. This is softly fragrant with an amalgam of red floral nuances, herbs and earthy detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely presented with very good intensity of bright dark-red berry and plum fruit. The flavours show vitality with aromatic red floral and dark herb elements adding lift. The fruit is gently sweet and succulent, and is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, forming an elegant heart. The juicy fruit flavours carry to a lingering finish. This is an elegantly presented Merlot with bright, vibrant and aromatic dark-red berry and plum fruit with floral and herb detail on a fine-structured palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from three sites in Bridge Pa, the fruit hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 135% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. 18.5/20 May 2018 RRP $24.95

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