Mudbrick ‘Velvet’ Waiheke Island 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland
Review Date - 21-Aug-2014

19/20

An undisclosed blend, the fruit from the ‘Mudbrick’ and ‘Shepherds Point’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 40% new oak. Very full, saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a fulsome nose of rich, ripe black berry and black plum fruit infused with spicy oak and subtle currant and olive elements. Solid and dense, the componentry is still youthfully brash and yet to come together. Full-bodied and powerful, yet with good proportion, the fruit extraction provides depth and density of sweet, ripe blackcurrants and rich spicy plums. Suggestions of black pepper emerge with aeration, the flavours forming an ever-changing array of nuance. The mouthfeel has a degree of opulence but is well-framed with fine, grainy tannin structure, and enlivened by excellent acidity. This is vigorous and vibrant, and the plush, juicy flavours are carried to a very long, lingering finish. This is an opulent and robust spicy Bordeaux-styled red which will integrate with some style over the next 10-12+ years. Match with slow-cooked red game meat dishes. 250 cases made. 19.0/20 Aug 2014 RRP $140.00

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