Vidal ‘Legacy’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jun-2016
Very dark, full black-red with purple hues, near impenetrable, a little lighter on the rim. This has a finely proportion nose, tightly concentrated and refined and detailed in expression showing a core of ripe black berried fruits alongside blackcurrant essence, cassis liqueur, lifted mint and herbal elements, pencil shaving and spicy oak and nuances of iron-earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-presented with great depth, intensity and concentration of sweetly ripe, succulent fruit flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants. Layers of cassis, mint, herbs along with iron-earth and oak add complexing detail. This has a concentrated core with fine-grained tannin extraction providing drive and linearity. Refined acidity lends energy and freshness, and the wine carries to a long, lingering, tightly bound finish of black fruits with herbs, earth and oak nuances. This is an elegantly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and cassis essence flavours on a very fine-grained, beautifully structured palate. Match with lamb, beef, venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 31 days on skins and aged 20 months in 50% new French oak barriques. 300 cases made. 19.0+/20 Jun 2016 RRP $69.99

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