SACRED HILL BROKENSTONE MERLOT 2015

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Selected for Gimblett Gravels 2015 Annual Selection Dozen
87% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Cabernet Franc
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"Merlot-based, this is a typically outstanding Hawke's Bay red from the Gimblett Gravels (principally the company's Deerstalkers Vineyard). The highly attractive 2015 vintage, matured for 19 months in French oak casks (22 per cent new), is Merlot-dominant (87 per cent), with minor portions of Malbec (4 per cent), Syrah (4 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (3 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (2 per cent). Full-coloured, it is vibrantly fruity, with concentrated, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, well-integrated oak, savoury notes adding complexity, and supple tannins. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2020+."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2015 Vintage)
"It is superbly ripe and fragrant on the nose showing gorgeous Black Doris plum aromas with clove, cigar, cedar and cocoa notes. The palate is richly fruited and full flavoured, and displays excellent fruit purity and silky texture, brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. Power and grace in one. 2015 Brokenstone is made from grapes grown in the Gimblett Gravels district - 87% merlot, 4% malbec, 4% syrah, 3% cabernet sauvignon and 2% cabernet franc. At its best: 2019 to 2030."
5 Stars & 19.0/20 Raymond Chan, September 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, near impenetrable. The nose is very soft and full, and harmoniously integrated with aromas of ripe black plums and black berried fruits, with layers of exotic spices and cedary oak. This is beautifully perfumed in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is soft with rich and lusciously sweet, mouthfilling fruit flavours of dark-red and black plums and spicy black fruits harmoniously integrated with curranty elements and exotic, sweet oak.. The plumminess blossoms as the wine flows, and the fruit richness is supported by balancing fine-grained tannin structure, with softly ripe acidity providing energy. The fruit richness carries to a softly integrated, long and sustained finish. This is a beautifully rich and luscious, harmonious Merlot-based wine with mouthfilling flavours and fine tannin extraction. Keep for 9-12 years. A blend of 87% Merlot, 4% each Malbec and Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Deerstalkers’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, mainly indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wines spending 30-40 days on skins and aged 19 months in 22% new French oak barrels. 313 dozen made."
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, December 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"With a name taken from an old Sacred Hill vineyard known as ‘stoney broke’, the Brokenstone is now considered one of New Zealand’s most iconic merlot-based reds. The 2015 is a blend of merlot, malbec, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc and it’s absolutely sensational. Matured for 19 months in French oak, layers of cedar, tobacco and black olive cloak the rich, dense, plummy and berry-saturated palate. Sinewy, sexy tannins add depth to an already extended finish."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2015 Vintage)
"Dark core of purple and ruby persistent to the rim with a light pink edge. Aromas of ripe, punchy, crunchy, fresh and dark red berry fruits including blackberry and blueberry, some Doris plum and blackcurrant suggestions, some obvious dark berry spices with clove, vanilla then peppercorn. On the palate – youthful, fresh, crunchy and vibrant with flavours that reflect the nose – dark berry fruits with ripe and tart moments; medium+ acidity and tannins to match; lengthy dry finish. Loads of ageing potential if stored properly. Decant for service. Best from 2019 through 2029+"


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