Esk Valley, Gimblett Gravels 2011 (3.2/5)
Notes: It's a 74-13-13 blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, from the Gimblett Gravels regions in Hawkes Bay. There were great expectations on this, but the wine disappointed them a bit. It appears deep purple . The nose it's clean offering medium intensity of plums, red and black currants, floral, touches of herbs and subtle spices from oak. Although the alcohol is not so high (13.5%) it appears like it was a separated layer floating on the fruit core, quite an odd sensation, that fortunately disappeared on day-2. On the palate is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ smooth tannins, med alcohol, medium body. Not inpactful enough mid-palate fruit core. Medium finish.
Good quality, Drink Now or in the next few years, Medium/High Price. Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand.