Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 05-Oct-2015
A blend of 57% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc from the company’s Gimblett Gravels vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 24% new French oak barrels. Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The nose is refined in presentation and elegantly concentrated with rich, ripe aromas of spicy black plums and liquorice notes, along with ripe blackcurrant and cassis elements. The fruit is lifted by spicy, toasty oak. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, this has a tightly bound core of succulent and sweetly ripe black plum and blackberry fruit, along with liquorice and lifted spicy, toasty new oak. The tannins are refined and provide a smooth-flowing, fine-textured structure and line, carrying the wine to a long, lingering finish of plums, spices and oak. This is a very elegant and refined, succulent Merlot/Cabernet blend with sweet and spicy fruit and oak. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. 18.5+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $19.99

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