Delegat Crownthorpe Terraces Hawkes Bay Merlot 2012 – gift
A wine from the inland Hawkes Bay. From a box of goodies a supplier brought into the office last Christmas that we hadn’t managed to get to until now.
Delegats premium merlot. 13%. Dark ruby red. Cultured ferment. Full Malo. 10 months in French oak.
A flattish nose to start off, some berries, grows in the glass.
In the mouth, grippy with plums, blackberries, cinnamon, brambly. Good depth of fruit and intensity. Opened far too early. This would be stunning 5 – 8 years out. 4