2010 William Murdoch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay (Previously $20)

SKU #1228428 93 points Raymond Chan

 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.

90 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
This wine is almost too interesting and difficult to write up because of all that is going on with it. NOT a bad thing! A nose that at once has currants, jalapeno and mint. Darker, black fruits on the palate, with savory notes and a little clay. A superb price for all of this! Like the Malbec-Merlot, more Euro in style.

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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 (%): 12.5