Bell Bird Bay Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay 2011 – $
Raymond Chan writes in his review of this wine, “70% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bridge Pa Triangle district”
Deep ruby colour. 13% alc.
Depp fruit aromas, softness, oak, vanilla, somewhat secondary.
The merlot component imbues softness and luscious dark fruits on palate, with structure from the cabernet components. Slight herbiness. Harmonious.
This wine harbours no faults from age or storage which I have found is rare with aged wines at this price point. A great aged example in this case.
Recommended 86 Points