Kidnapper Cliffs ‘Ariki’ Hawke’s Bay 2008

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2011
The flagship label for Kidnapper Cliffs, from a cooler vintage in Hawke's Bay, producing wines of real aromatic interest. 75% Merlot from ‘Zone 6', 20% Cabernet Franc from ‘Zone 11' and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from ‘Zone 24' in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., aged in 33% new French oak for 18 months. Vinification and bottling at Dry River winery, Martinborough. Very full, impenetrable black-red with dark purple hues, this has a very primary fruited bouquet of ripe blackcurrant and dark plums along with beautiful fresh leaf and cedary oak in support. The aromatics show great purity and intensity. On palate, this possesses real depth and concentration of black fruits, very succulent and rich, and complexing dried herb, some mint and earth nuances, tempered by plenty of extraction and grip. This has power with a fine, firm mouthfeel and a very long drying finish. Drink over 10-15 years. Match with herb-marinated roasted red meats at a fine dinner. 19.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $55.00

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