Waimea Estates Nelson Merlot/Malbec 2008

Merlot from New Zealand - Nelson
Review Date : 12-Apr-2012
Ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on edge. This is elegant and fine on bouquet, quite delicate and restrained, showing dusty red berry fruit aromas with dried herb and subtle secondary interest. Medium-bodied, this has a core of red berry fruits with oak spices and subtle dried herb notes that builds with richness. The tannins are extremely fine and the palate is silky smooth in texture. Good acidity is present for balance and the wine has a sustained finish with savoury fruit, and cedary, spicy oak. This is an elegant and fine-textured red with subtlety and secondary interest appearing. Match with roasted red meats and hard cheeses over the next 3-4+ years. 67% Merlot from Kina Peninsula, 5% ‘Railway Reserve' Merlot, and 28% Malbec from the ‘Hope' block on the Waimea Plains, fermented to 13.0% alc., the Merlot aged in new and seasoned American oak, the Malbec in 1 y.o. French barrels, for 11 months, then blended. 17.5/20 Apr 2012 RRP $25.00

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