BOMBSHELL WINERY CLEARANCE | an extraordinary opportunity to buy flagship Kim Crawford blended red from the famed 2013 Hawke's Bay 'vintage of a lifetime.'
90/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "ripe and rounded with lovely fruit intensity"
91/100 / Natalie Maclean "Lovely"
SAVE $216 on a dozen buy.
You could have knocked us over with a feather when this deal came across our desks. Vinted as part of Kim Crawford's celebrated Small Parcels series, the Corner 50 Vineyard Merlot Cabernet comes from the legendary 2013 vintage and is looking soft and fully integrated 8 years on from vintage. Very refined and elegant, this is a medium-weight, understated blend in the traditional Bordeaux sense. The merlot component (72%) brings soft flavours of mocha and plum, while the cabernet element shows classical cassis and fruitcake notes. 14 months extended maturation in French oak (31% new) adds some wood spice and extra tannin in the mix but the finish is supple and silky now. Now mature, we expect this 2013 release to hold in its current form for the next 2 years. We advise you to decant before service.
Sam Kim writes "It is beautifully lifted on the nose showing cassis, dark plum, game and cedar characters with subtle dried herb complexity. The palate is ripe and rounded with lovely fruit intensity, brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is expressive and sturdy, and finishes long and delicately drying."
The winery writes "A classic Bordeaux style red, dark plum, blackcurrant and dried herb flavours are layered with clove and cinnamon in fine French oak. Densely concentrated, yet classically structured with fine rich tannins, this wine will reward further careful cellaring through to 2025".
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