A rich, fleshy, hearty and ripe, plummy and toasty flavoured Merlot with good structure. Full-bodied with flavours of sweetly ripe black berries and plums.
Glossy garnet-red colour and oozes attractive aromas of raspberry coulis, cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth expect lavender and dried thyme, supple, easy tannins and a smooth, warm finish.
Cellar well for the next 5-6 years.
Premium Bordeaux style Merlot and Cabernet blends are the flagships of the Abbey Cellars range together with small amounts of premium Classic and Noble Rieslings.
Situated on red metal soils in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Abbey Cellars is a boutique 'single estate' producer owned and operated by the Haworth family. Abbey Cellars wines have an exclusive focus on producing smaller volumes of hand-picked ultra premium quality wine.
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Raymondchan Wine Review Nov 2014:
85% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 13 months in approx. 35% new French oak. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and densely packed nose of ripe black berry and black plum aromas along with Asian spices, and toasty, bacon-like oak notes. Full-bodied, the flavours of sweetly ripe black berries and plums fill the mouth. The fruit is melded with layers of blue fruits, spices, and toasty oak that unfold in waves, enriching the fruit. The mouthfeel is soft and fleshy, with good tannin structure and fresh acidity in support, providing texture, vitality and line. The flavours carry through to a long and concentrated finish of spiced plums and toasty oak. This is a rich, fleshy, hearty and ripe, plummy and toasty flavoured Merlot with good structure.
18.0/20 Pts, awarded 4 Stars
|Varietal||85% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon|
Abbey Cellars Bishop Merlot 2013
- Producer: Abbey Cellars
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Availability: In Stock
- 12 or more $29.00