Zaria Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2017
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some garnet, lighter edged. The bouquet is full and densely packed with ripe, savoury, dark-red plum and berryfruit aromas along with a layering of nutty oak and earthy elements. This is beginning to develop secondary interest. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and well-concentrated and deep flavours of savoury dark-red plums, intermingling with dark herb, earth and nutty notes. The palate is well-structured with plenty of fine-grained tannins, and balanced with integrated acidity. The wine leads to a solid and fulsome finish of dark plum and earthy flavours. This is a fulsome, rich and well-structured Merlot with savoury dark plum, earthy and nutty flavours, and beginning to show secondary interest. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from ‘Lesley’s Vineyard’, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.6% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 17.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $25.00

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