William Murdoch ‘The Guardsman’ Hawke’s Bay 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Oct-2011
The flagship wine of William Murdoch, this is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc fermented to 13% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new French oak barriques, 50% new. Bright ruby-red colour with good depth, this has an elegant, refined and somewhat reticent bouquet showing ripe blackcurranty fruit with layers of plums, cedar, fresh herbs and subtle oak spices, gently unfolding in the glass. Medium-full on the palate, the palate is tightly bound and brooding, with concentrated flavours of blackcurrants, berries and dark plums and nuances of spices, minerals and oak, supported by very fine-grained tannins. The wine has finesse and a well-proportioned structure that has intensity with drive and length. A wine with class, detail and harmony to match with roasted lamb and beef, and with aged hard cheeses over the next 8-10+ years. 18.5/20 Oct 2011 RRP $65.00

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