Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Aug-2016
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with purple hues. The nose is firm and intensely concentrated with well-ripened, sweetly aromatic black berry and black plum fruits along with subtle spice notes and nutty oak, unfolding red and violet floral elements providing an intriguing aromatic fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and sweet, ripe fruit flavours of blackberries, dark-red plums, liquorice, unfolding nuances of boysenberries and blue fruits. Spice and oak unfold to add layers of interest. Fine-grained tannins provide a firm, linear, and concentrated heart, but the wine retains elegance and proportion. The acidity is integrated and fruit richness and power drives the wine to a long, dry finish of spicy plums and redcurrants. Serve with roasted lamb, beef and venison over 7-9+ years. A blend of 60% Merlot. 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit 60% from the ‘Triangle’ site and 40% ‘Gimblett’, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 40% new oak, blended and aged 6 months on lees in tank. 18.5+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $49.00

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