Elephant Hill Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2014 – $$$
From grapes off Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle vineyards, taasted and bought at the Te Awanga winery. Inky scarlet colour. 13.5% alc.
While 2013 was good for ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 was a good year for Merlot.
This wine showed an expressive bold hit of perfume, soft fruit, plums and vanilla. A gorgeous nose; savoury and smoky.
Rich ripe fruit on the front of the palate, plenty of fruit weight through the middle, supple tannins and a pleasant brusqueness at the finish. Mouthcoating and long.
Highly Recommended – 94 points