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Nobilo Regional Collection Merlot

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Regional Collection - sounds regal doesn't it. Or at least more regal than plain old 'Nobilo Merlot'. Indeed this is drawn from Hawkes Bay too which can produce rather good Merlot (when pushed). This is a pretty simple sort of wine perhaps in the scheme of things, a juicy, sweet and generous style of fruit first and structure later. A wine for drinking, not contemplation, although it does end with a twist of bitter tannins. Still more affable than anything else (we like affable though).

Winemaker's Notes

COLOUR: Deep red with purple hues.

NOSE: A rich and complex bouquet, showing ripe plum and mulberry notes, with hints of spice.

PALATE: A wine of excellent weight and length, with intense ripe plum and blackberry flavours, and soft tannins.

FOOD MATCH: An ideal partner for roast meats, casseroles and richly flavoured pasta dishes.

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Nobilo Regional Collection Merlot

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Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
This is a smooth, easy-drinking Hawke's Bay merlot that has reasonable richness and concentration of flavour. Imported by Hardys.
Quaff 2008 2007
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage is a blend of Hawke's Bay, Gisborne and Marlborough grapes, French and American oak-matured. It's a slightly rustic and earthy, characterful wine with good colour depth, plenty of berry, plum and spice flavour and firm tannins
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage is a fruit-driven style with fresh, berryish aromas. A buoyantly fruity and smooth blend of Hawke's Bay and Gisborne grapes, French and American oak-matured, it's not complex but plummy and supple, with good bxly and depth and lots of charm.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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