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"Metals & Gravels" Select Vineyards Hawke's Bay Merlot Malbec 2020

NZ $23.75 incl GST

Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.

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Select Vineyards Wines, Hawkes Bay, Merlot and blends


Winemakers Notes

Our 2020 Select Vineyards Merlot Malbec is an assemblage of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec from a couple of vineyards in two of the Bay's named sub-regions. The grapes were picked mid-April and combined following fermentation.The Merlot’s rich red fruit characters perfectly complement the wild berry notes and smooth tannins of the Malbec. Match with rich cuisine, especially red meats such as lamb, venison and game.

Alc 12.5%
Acid 6.2 g/L
Res sugar <1 g/L
pH 3.47

Tasting Notes
Colour: A deep core running out to a bright purple rim.
Bouquet: The Merlot provides lovely black doris plum aromas and the Malbec adds delicious ‘wild berry’ undertones.
Palate: At bottling this wine was full of youthful vitality. Firm yet fine-grained tannins balanced by loads of juicy black fruit in the mid palate.

Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar for a number of years.
Food Matches
Rounded tannins and ripe berry flavours make this wine a great accompaniment to many meat dishes such as lamb, venison, beef and game. Many rich sauces go well with this wine, as will roast garlic and vegetables.
Suggested wine list description
Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.

Independent Reviewer’s Comment


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