2009 Mission Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay

SKU #1079543

Wonderful blackberry, smoke, and floral aromas grace the nose of this New Zealand Cabernet. The palate is medium to full-bodied with good fruit intensity and freshness. It is a wine with good structure that is well-balanced with good fruit intensity and has the ability to age for some years.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2012 | Send Email
The famous Gimblett Gravel soil in Hawkes Bay produce this interesting & complex Cabernet Sauvignon. Plum, smoke and tobacco notes followed with fine tannins and bright acidity. This wine would be delicious decanted for an hour or so alongside pepper-crusted steak, roasted winter vegetables, & herbed fingerling potatoes! Alternatively, if you can wait a few years, this wine will continue to evolve in the bottle in a quiet cellar.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2012 | Send Email
What a pleasant suprise from our last New Zealand tasting. This Cab has fruit and structure that compares to any California Cab in the same price range. Wonderfully balanced with very well rounded fruit, there is plenty of structure here to enjoy now with a steak or to put away for a few years.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2012 | Send Email
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A stunning wine from the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay. This area famed for its remarkable gravel soil from an ancient river bed is producing some wines that truly are some of the best value you will find anywhere. Mission Estate have some great holdings on the Gimblett Gravels where the majority of this fruit comes from. The wine has a beautiful pronounced nose of bramble fruits and violets. The palate is lush and concentrated but without being over extracted. Great oak integration adding some spice to the long finish. This Reserve level wine is such good value for money others better watch out! If you haven't had many Gimblett Gravels wines, this is a great one to start with!
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2016

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2011 | Send Email
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Most of the luscious fruit for this excellent reserve wine (comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot and 5.5% Cabernet Franc) originated in the extraordinary Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay, an ancient alluvial river bed comprised of free-draining, low-fertility soils that has achieved near cult status for its astonishing terroir specially suited to the cultivation of Bordeaux varietals and Syrah. Such is the nature of these unique stony soils that heat is both stored and radiated throughout the vines, achieving ideal ripening conditions while offering protection from the cool breezes that migrate from the nearby coast. Still youthfully fresh and vibrant, this wine possesses real charm in its cassis, black plum, suave mocha and floral aromatics, and the finely delineated tannins give it enough structure to evolve for a few more years.
Drink from 2011 to 2015

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4