Alexander Martinborough Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date - 18-Jun-2017

18.5+/20

Full, near saturated black-red colour with slight purple hues on the edge, very youthful in appearance. The nose is subtly restrained in expression with well-concentrated and elegantly packed aromas of ripe blackberries, along with black and dark-red plums. The fruit unveils notes of dark herbs, spiced, and cedary and pencilly oak, moving to blackberry liqueur. Medium-full bodied, the palate has ripe and sweetly rich flavours of blackberries and black plum fruit, along with notes of spice and cedary oak. The fruit has real concentration, forming an elegantly packed heart, the fruit richness balanced by considerable fine-grained tannin structure, with fresh, underlying acidity. The wine carries to a well-proportioned, sustained finish of black fruits and plenty of fine structure. This is a ripe blackberry and black plum fruited Merlot with notes of liquorice, soces and cedary oak, on a fine-grained, considerably structured palate with freshness and energy. Serve with lamb, beef and venison over the next 8-10 years. Clone 481 fruit, hand-picked and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 10 months in 33% new Alliers oak. 965 bottles made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $29.00

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