Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block – 17 Plateau’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay
Review Date - 22-Mar-2018

19-/20

Very dark, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full, solid and densely packed with aromas of ripe blackberries and black plums entwined with spice notes, some black liquorice, ink and a layering of iron-earth minerals, unfolding some nutty and pencilly oak. This is rich, savoury and complex. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously vibrant flavours of ripe black plum fruit with complexing notes of savoury, nutty oak, black liquorice, dark herbs and iron-earth minerals. The palate has great presence and depth, the fruit with vitality, supported by fine, grainy tannin structure and balanced acidity. The flavours carry with strength and power to a full, deep and sustained finish of black plums and earth. This is a solid, lusciously rich, complex-flavoured Merlot with black plum, nutty oak and earth, with plenty of structure. Merlot fruit from the ‘Plateau’ vineyard on Omahu Road, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 26% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $37.90



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