Black Barn Vineyards - two wines tasted
Hawke's Bay Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2012
Plums, wild red berries, a touch of leather and chilli chocolate, overall a fruity bouquet with medium oak spice intervention and medium complexity. On the palate - dry, tart and poised with cranberry, plum and mild black fruit flavors, medium+ acidity and taut tannins push this wine into the 'must have with food' category. Overall very nice, but does require more cellar time (2 years) to really settle in a bit more.
Hawke's Bay Syrah 2012
Raspberry and wild red fruits with a core of black plum and clove, really a very interesting bouquet that changes quickly and for the better; medium spiced oak and a harmony that builds with each passing minute. On the palate - slightly sweet fruit with solid oak flavors, medium tannins and M+ acidity; dry finish with a little lick of plum and red apple.
Overall a real nice wine that, like its Merlot based brother above, needs food at this youthful age.