AROMA AND PALATE
An amalgam of rich, ripe, dark fruit is overlaid with beguiling, lifted aromatics including violet, sandalwood and cedar with hints of dried woody herbs. In contrast to these lifted elements, subtle notes of cacao, vanilla and dried currant bring a luxuriousness to the aroma and flavour profile. Structurally the wine leads with beautiful fruit weight and richness across the mid palate, typical of good Hawke’s Bay Merlot. The firm, powdery tannins and excellent structural length of the Cabernet Sauvignon keeps the plushness of the Merlot in check, but the latter retains control. The overall balance between these two elements provides a rounded, seamless feel across the palate and a sense of subtle, lithe power without excessive heaviness.
2014 was another spectacular year for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay, the wine less brooding and taut, more rounded, open and aromatic than the 2013’s. Merlot takes the lead in the blend this year with its plush mid-palate texture anchoring the wine and defining the character, while the Cabernet Sauvignon brings it complex aromatics and framework that reins the Merlot in and keeping the blend serious and structured. A multidimensional blend that simultaneously shows great depth of dark, brooding flavour whilst expressing a haunting array of gentle perfume which for me is the ultimate expression of great Hawke’s Bay blends.” Chris Scott, Chief Winemaker
Each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a stunning Church Road TOM gift box. It’s a true collector’s item and if you can tuck it away in the cellar for the long term and resist busting it out to show off to your wine buff mates, you’ll be rewarded. Recommended drinking for this one is 2020 to 2034.