Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Jun-2014
Full, near-impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues on the rim. The nose is elegant with firmly concentrated and tightly held aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, tar and dark herbs, alongside some earthy sulphide reduction notes. The reductive elements dissipate with aeration. Medium-bodied, bright and plush black plum and black berry fruit flavours form a moderately dense and packed core. The fruit is supported by a firm tannin line and balanced acidity providing a lively, driven mouthfeel, leading to a sustained finish with sweet plum and berry nuances. This is a plush and sweet, plummy Merlot with a firm core and line, and some initial reduction. It benefits from some aeration. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. Fruit from Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending up to 3 weeks on skins post ferment, and aged 9 months in French oak barriques and tank. 17.0-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $20.00

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