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Redmetal Basket Press Merlot Franc

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Redmetal Basket Press Merlot Franc

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a sophisticated, beautifully rich and supple wine, weighty and bursting with ripe blackcurrant/plum flavours. Still purple-flushed, the 2000 vintage is richly coloured, plump and well-rounded, with a wealth of cassis, plum and mint flavours, a silky texture and long finish. With bottle-age, it's starting to develop real complexity. (There is no 2001 vintage, due to the crippling frost of November 2000.)
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1996 and subsequent vintages of this Babich Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay red have been sophisticated, beautifully rich and supple wines, weighty and bursting with ripe blackcurrant/plum flavours. The distinguished 1998 is densely coloured and packed with rich, very ripe cassis/plum fruit in a very powerful, warm and concentrated style with firm but supple tannins. The 1999 is a blend of 80 per cent Merlot and 20 per cent Cabernet Franc, marured for over a year in French (80 per cent) and American oak casks (70 per cent new). It's a forward vintage, smooth and already highly approachable, with full colour and a bold palate with fresh, concentrated, plummy, spicy flavours, quality oak and rounded tannins.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The 1996 and subsequent vintages of this Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay red have been sophisticated, beautifully rich and supple wines, weighty and bursting with ripe blackcurrant/plum flavours. The 1997 is a blend of Merlot (89 per cent) and Cabernet Franc, matured for a year in French (principally) and American oak barriques (75 per cent new) and bottled without filtering. It reveals deep, bright colour and a vibrantly fruity palate with strong, ripe flavours of plums and blackcurrants and a smooth, rich finish. The 1998, tasted before bottling, looked full of potential - densely coloured and packed with rich, very ripe cassis/plum fruit in a very powerful, warm and concentrated style with firm but supple tannins. (Redmetal also has a "Super Merlot" from 1998 of truly exceptional power, complexity and richness, built for a decade or longer, which will probably be sold at over $60.)
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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