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"Complex & smooth, with strong personality" Michael Cooper

"The gloriously expressed bouquet shows blackcurrant, dark plum, bay leaf & floral characters" Wine Orbit

Enjoy on its own, or try with char-grilled skirt steak

Kidnapper Cliffs Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

$39.99p/Btl
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Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 96/100 Points Awarded 95/100 Points
Kidnapper Cliffs Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Kidnapper Cliffs Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

This Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a wine that draws on Te Awa’s renowned history of growing and producing fine Bordeaux style blends...
$39.99p/Btl
Elsewhere $69.99 $60.86

Accolades

Awarded 5 Stars

Michael Cooper, Jul 2017

Awarded 96/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Jun 2017

Awarded 95/100 Points

Bob Campbell, Oct 2017

Description

  • French oak
  • Tobacco & cedar
  • Black plum
  • Supple tannins

"From Te Awa (owned by Villa Maria), the estate-grown 2013 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from vines averaging 25 years old and matured for 21 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new.) A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (73 per cent), Merlot (24 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (3 per cent), it is full-coloured and ripely scented, with mouthfilling body and very generous blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours. Delicious now, but also ageworthy, it's a very finely textured red, savoury, complex and smooth, with strong personality" Michael Cooper, Jul 2017

"A compelling Bordeaux-style from the Gimblett Gravels district, the gloriously expressed bouquet shows blackcurrant, dark plum, bay leaf and floral characters with subtle cedar complexity. The palate is refined and precise, while offering layers of fine texture and delectable fruit flavours, beautifully complemented by elegant oak infusion and fine tannins. Sophisticated and properly structured for graceful development. At its best: 2019 to 2028" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Jun 2017

"Dense, elegant and finely-structured red with cedar, dark berry, blackberry, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. Cabernet varietal characters dominate in this high energy wine while firm, fine tannins give a drying finish and much promise for the future" Bob Campbell, Oct 2017

This is a refined and elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), Merlot (24%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). The nose displays classic Cabernet Sauvignon characters of cassis, tobacco and cedar with underlying black plum and perfume from the Merlot and Cabernet Franc respectively. The palate is soft with red and dark fruit flavours and supple tannins.

This Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a wine that draws on Te Awa’s renowned history of growing and producing fine Bordeaux style blends. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with wine grown from the oldest Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines on the Estate; an average vine age of 25 years. With the Estate straddling the edge of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, there are a diverse range of soil types on the Te Awa vineyard. The sections of the vineyard used for this wine are all on the Gimblett Gravels side of the Estate where the soil is made up of free draining river gravels interspersed with a little sand and silt. 2013 was a fantastic growing season in Hawke’s Bay with a warm and dry summer producing grapes that were full flavoured yet not over-ripe and picked in perfect condition.

The individual vineyard parcels for this wine were hand picked separately and made the short trip into the winery where they were destemmed but not crushed and tipped into stainless steel open top fermenters. After a brief cold soak, some of the grapes underwent a natural fermentation and the rest were inoculated with select yeast strains. The young wines were pressed off after 12-15 days total maceration and run into French oak barriques (35% new) for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Blended in September 2014 and put back to barrel for a further six months, the wine was then bottled after a total of 21 months ageing in barrel.

Food Pairing: Enjoy on its own, or try with char grilled skirt steak.

 

 

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