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Alluvial Gimblet Road Hawkes Bay Merlot/Cab Franc 2010

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 17.5+/20

85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from Gimblett Road, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in French oak barriques. Very full, dark, deep, black-hued red with youthful purple hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned, but concentrated with savoury tobacco and earthy plum aromas classically Merlot, along with blackcurrant and cassis elements and a touch of sappy herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is dry, tending austere, showing savoury tobacco, dark plum and dried herb fruit flavours. Oaking is very discreet. The tannins are firm, forming a good linear drive and fresh acidity enlivens the fruit, carrying it through to a moderately sustained finish.

This is a seriously constructed, elegantly sized Merlot-based wine with the grip to match roasts, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years.

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Category: 2010, Import

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