Ka Tahi Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Jun-2016
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a harmoniously integrated bouquet of ripe blackberry fruit with black plum aromas, along with nuances of blackcurrants, iron-earth minerals and some spice notes. Medium-full bodied, this possesses a well-concentrated heart of ripe blackberry, plum and blackcurrant fruit complexed by iron-earth mineral elements. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction, and integrated acidity lends a softness to the mouthfeel. This has good linearity and the flavours are carried to a long and sustained, firm finish of blackberries and blackcurrants.. This is a finely concentrated Merlot/Malbec blend with a core of black fruits and a fine-grained structure. Match with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6 years. Lot 2, distinguished by the 85% Merlot and 15% Malbec on the label, from Lot 1, with 95% Merlot and 5% Malbec. Te Awanga Merlot and Gimblett Gravels Malbec, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged over 12 months in tank, and new and seasoned oak casks. 17.5/20 Jun 2016 RRP $19.99 A blend of 95% Merlot from Te Awanga and 5% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full with well-packed and densely concentrated aromas of ripe blackberries, boysenberries, black plums and liquorice, along with nuances of spicy oak melded with earth and iron Malbec fruit elements. Full-bodied, the palate is broad and fulsome with flavours of ripe black plums, liquorice and black berried fruit, along with nuances of iron, earth and spicy oak. The fruit is encased by grainy tannin textures and the mouthfeel is based on structure and grip. The extraction carries the flavours to a robust, dry finish. This is a fulsome and robustly structured Merlot-based wine with ripe black fruit and spicy flavours. Match with casseroles and low-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 17.5-/20 Apr 2015 RRP $19.99

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