2010 William Murdoch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay (Previously $20)
A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Merlot, aged 19 months in 50% new French oak. Full, black-purple colour, this has a powerful and intense, pure nose of blackcurrant fruit with a touch of mintiness. This is classic cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character, just a little slender on the nose. Full-bodied, this is beautifully clear with cooler-spectrum blackcurrant fruit, the cassis notes carrying a succulence and sweetness. Here, the fruit richness matches the very fine and serious extraction to provide an elegantly focussed and driven palate. The acidity is taut, but in excellent balance. The finish is long and sustained.
Strong, bright blackberry and black currant flavours together with cedar wood and a suggestion of mint indicating Cabernet Sauvignon dominance. Firm, fine tannins give the wine a fairly austere finish at this stage but promise good bottle development. Needs time.
The essence of cool climate, gravelly, mineral structured Cabernet with a dash of lift and spice from the Cab Franc. This is all about the cigar box, leather, tobacco leaf expression of Cab. Some blackcurrant and plum fruits too and a stony, earthy, soil driven character as in all the Willam Murdoch wines. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)