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Church Road Reserve Hawke's Bay Cabernet Merlot

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Church Road Reserve Hawke's Bay Cabernet Merlot

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The dark, flavour-drenched 2007 vintage shows just what Hawke's Bay can do in a favourable season with Cabernet Sauvignon-predominant reds. Hand-picked and matured for 21 months in French oak barriques, it is dense and boldly coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, herb and nut flavours, showing good, savoury complexity, and a firm underlay of tannin. The 2009 was grown in the company's Redstone Vineyard - in The Triangle - and in the Gimblett Gravels. French oak-aged for 21 months, it has a teal 'Wow!' factor. Dark and fleshy, it is powerful (14.5 per cent alcohol) and strikingly concentrated, with dense cassis, plum and spice flavours, braced by firm tannins. It should flourish for at least a decade.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
The dark, flavour-drenched 2007 vintage shows just what Hawke's Bay can do in a favourable season with Cabernet Sauvignon-predominant reds. Hand-picked and matured for 21 months in French oak barriques, it is dense and boldly coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, herb and nut flavours, showing good, savoury complexity, and a firm underlay of tannin. The 2009 was grown in the company's Redstone Vineyard - in The Triangle - and in the Gimblett Gravels. French oak-aged for 21 months, it has a teal 'Wow!' factor. Dark and fleshy, it is powerful (14.5 per cent alcohol) and strikingly concentrated, with dense cassis, plum and spice flavours, braced by firm tannins. It should flourish for at least a decade.
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