Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 11-Mar-2013
85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc from various Hawke’s Bay sites, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak barriques and tank. Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, near saturated. The nose is fresh and densely packed with bright, primary aromas of dark red plum fruit lifted by floral and herbal fragrances. Classical Merlot tobacco nuances emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied, flavours of dark raspberry and black plum fruit form a well-concentrated core. The flavours are very primary in expression, with floral aromatic lift and a fresh herbal underlay. Fine tannin textures and fresh acidity provide a brisk and firm palate line that has good drive, with the structure growing in prominence. The sweetness of the fruit remains the feature, leading to a fine, grainy finish with moderately sustained flavours of black berry fruit, tobacco and dried herbs. This is a primary fruited Merlot packed with dark plummy fruit and growing structure. Serve with most red meat dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 17.5-/20 Mar 2013 RRP $22.00

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