Trinity Hill ‘The Gimblett’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2009

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Nov-2011
Very dark, deep, black-red with purple hues, the colour near impenetrable, this has a very elegant, tightly bound, but intense bouquet combining cassis, raspberries and dark plum fruit aromas. Layers of black fruits, herbs and perfumes emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, concentrated and refined flavours of sweet, ripe blackcurrants, black plums are complemented by liquorice and subtle oak spice and mineral notes. The tannin extraction is very fine, but serious, and carries through to the long, nuanced finish. 38% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, from the ‘Gimblett Estate, ‘Gimblett Stones' and ‘Tin Shed' sites, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new oak, predominantly French.  Nov 2011 38% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec from the ‘Gimblett Estate', ‘Gimblett Stones' and ‘Tin Shed' sites, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new French oak. Very full, near saturated black-hued ruby-red colour. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with concentration and depth, the aromas of black berry fruits, spiced plums and dark red florals, complexed by oak spice and a touch of iron-earth, a little subdued at present. Medium-full bodied, the palate features subtle layers of well-ripened black berried fruits, dark plums, iron and cedary spice all interwoven with harmony forming a dense core. The tannin extraction is very refined and the acidity discreet. This is a wine of balance and completeness, highlighting elegance. It will cellar 8-10 years easily. Match with roasted lamb or beef, or serve with aged, hard cheeses. 19.0-/20 Oct 2011 RRP $34.00

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