2010 William Murdoch Estate Merlot-Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay (Previously $20)

SKU #1228429 92-93 points Raymond Chan

 A blend of 74% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. Impenetrable purple-ruby colour, this has a full, bold and broad bouquet full of ripe, vibrant, lifted dark plum and spicy black fruit aromas. This is quite open and accessible now, but has plenty more to show. The oaking is discreet. A full-bodied wine, rich and pleasing, sweet black and spicy fruit flavours are lifted by racy, edgy acidity. This has an underlying core with excellent drive, the tannins providing good structure without being overly expressive. This is an upfront Merlot based wine with plenty of Malbec character, and the grip and weight to keep 6-8 years.

92 points Bob Campbell

 Bright berry and spice flavours with a seasoning of oak. Lively, elegant red with tangy acidity and fine, drying tannins. Youthful blended red from a top vintage and with obvious cellaring potential.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

A little softer and more generous than the Cab-Cab Franc bottling. Slightly more plush fruit but still very much in the cedar, pipe tobacco, spice box spectrum. Reminds me of old school Saint-Émilion. (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
Bordeaux in New Zealand? Well, here it is! Loaded with gravelly character, savory spices and dark red fruits. Lush mid-palate. A wonderful bargain!
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- 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.
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