Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Nov-2013
Young looking with purple hues to the black-red colour, and possessing a pure fruit core of ripe black plums and berries with new oak spicing, the nose had a suggestion of corkiness and musky game (brett?). The palate just missed out on the density and concentration to make it first-class, with the underlying acidity and tannin extraction on the tougher side, despite the sweet and lush, ripe fruitiness. 17.5+/20 Nov 2013

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