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Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley Hidden Gems 2014

Hidden Valley Hidden Gems 2014 Cab Sauv 60%, Petit Verdot 30%, Merlot 10%

Tasting Notes

Apr 2018 - The 2014 Hidden Gems is a Cabernet dominated Bordeaux blend with 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, filling out the remaining varietal composition. Fermented in stainless steel the wine was moved into French oak barrels to finish malolactic fermentation, 20% new, the rest being 2nd and 3rd year fills, for 18 months before the final blend and bottling. The oak element is downplayed with aromatic notes of pencil shavings, some light mint and a touch of herbal notes to the black currant and plum fruit tones on the nose. Medium fuller to fuller bodied, the palate is round with ripe tannins, with concentrated black fruit flavors and counter balancing acidity touched up with a hint of mint on the long, lingering finish. This is just now opening up and should show well over the next 3-4 years.

Food Accompaniments

Grilled or braised meata - beef or lamb


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

4 ½ Stars Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Inky cab-led 14 Bordeaux blend with 30% petit verdot & 10% merlot. Full, dense, even showy, with ripe blackcurrant, mulberry & plum fruit lifted by pinch of herbs & balancing acidity.



Winemaker Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon leads this blend with its typical aromas of eucalyptus, pencil shavings, minerality and black currants. The palate is full and rounded with velvet tannins, black fruits following through with a hint of mint and a long, lingering finish.



Chemical Analysis

Price

SKU

Varietal

14.5% alcohol by volume

$24.99

13143

Red Blend


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