Tantalus ‘Evoque Reserve’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 16-Sep-2018
Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is beautifully and elegantly proportioned with well-concentrated aromas of sweetly ripe dark-red and black plums harmoniously melded with a layer of spicy oak entwined with dark herbs and curranty nuances. This has finesse and intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant with a fine and light heart with concentrated flavours of ripe, sweet, dark-red and plum fruit along with succulent berried fruits, unveiling dark herbs and curranty hints. The fruit is sweet with a layering of oak spice, and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending structure and balance. The acidity is fresh and lacy, adding to the energy, and the wine carries to a long and sustained, sweet finish. This is an elegant, beautifully balanced Merlot-based blend with ripe black plums, nuances of herbs and currants, and spicy oak. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 8-10+ years. A blend of 86% Merlot, 5% each Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 60% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $85.00

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