The Stolen Heart
Hawkes Bay (Gimblett Gravels) - Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 750ml
Hawkes Bay has established itself as the home of Bordeaux red varieties in New Zealand. This classic blend is dark plum in colour with aromas of black fruits, herbs and cedary oak. The rich mid-palate shows flavours of dark cherry, plum and chocolate with an underlying spicy oak. Enjoy with red meats and game. Cellar for 5 to 8 years from vintage.
Reviews: Crown Range Cellar ‘The Stolen Heart’ Hawkes Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc 2013★★★★★
"Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red, youthfully purple in appearance. The bouquet is tight and firmly concentrated with deep, youthfully primary and aromatic notes of ripe dark red and spicy black berry and plum fruit, along with bramble, earth and nuances of blackcurrants. The nose unfolds dark and savoury herbal detail in the glass. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate is tight and refined with ripe and sweet fruit flavours of dark red berry fruits, plums, spices, earth and blackcurrants. The fruit is plush and slippery, the palate underlined by considerable fine-grained tannin structure and grip. Excellent acidity and freshness enlivens the fruit and mouthfeel, and the flavours lead to a bright and sweet, long-lingering finish. This is an elegantly proportioned, plush and juicy, rich dark berry and plum fruited Merlot/Malbec/Franc blend with currant and spice interest and a firm and lively tannin line. Match with beef, lamb, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-9 years. 13.0% alc. "★★★★★
93 points"From the Gimblett Gravels district, this is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose showing cassis, dark plum, game and cedar characters with a hint of dried herb complexity. The palate is concentrated and weighty, and offers terrific fruit purity together with subtle savoury undertones, wonderfully supported by fine tannins. Generous, flavoursome and very long on the finish. At its best: now to 2021. Nov 2016."