William Murdoch Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Oct-2011
Fruit from the ‘Murdoch Wines' site, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in French oak barriques, with some American and Hungarian wood, 35% new. Deepish ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. This has a fine, intense and penetrating nose of blackcurrants, dark red berry fruits and liquorice with the signature aromas of iron-earth and minerals of the Gimblett Gravels, along with subtle oak notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated and full core of ripe, sweet, cassis and liquorice fruit flavours, alongside tar and minerally elements. The tannin extraction is substantial, but reasonably fine-grained, allowing the fruit richness to feature. This is youthful and possesses drive and length, and should become rounder, showing more layers of flavour over the next 8-10+ years. Match with hearty roasted and grilled red meats. 18.0+/20 Oct 2011 RRP $31.95

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