Trinity Hill ‘The Gimblett’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Oct-2012
60% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec from the ‘Gimblett Estate', Gimblett Stones' and ‘Tin Shed' sites, fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 25-35% new French oak barrels. Very full, very dark, black-red colour, near impenetrable, with purples hues on edge. This is elegantly proportioned but densely packed on bouquet with aromas of dark red and black berry fruits harmoniously interwoven with cedar, oak spices and dark herbs and minerals. Full-bodied, this is well-concentrated with intense flavours of black fruits and spiced herbs, the fruit supported by firm, fine-grained tannins that form a dense core and driven line. The fruit is youthful and still primary, and the palate has good tension and energy from the acidity. The extract and structure builds to become the feature, carrying the fruit to a tightly bound, fine-textured and sustained finish. This is a classical, Bordeaux-structured, fine and firm Merlot-based wine with ripe black fruit flavours. Match with roast lamb and beef or hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. 18.5+/20 Oct 2012 RP $34.95

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