90 Points - Cameron Douglas
"Vibrant, fruity and very youthful bouquet with aromas of dark chocolate and plums, boysenberry dark roses, toasty smoky, charry, oak. Inviting and fresh. On the palate - medium+ weight, firm, youthful and very fruity. Flavours of plums and berries reflect the nose. Firm tannins and brown spices accentuated by gently warming alcohol and medium+ acidity. This is your steak wine, this is your creamy pasta wine, this is your rich and earthy lasagne wine. Best drinking with food, decant first. Ideal drinking from late 2021 through 2026." Cameron Douglas

A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, all estate grown, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins around 40 days and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues on the rim. The nose is gently full and softly concentrated with youthful, primary aromas of ripe, black-berried fruits and spicy black plums, unfolding fragrant herbs, camphor and cedary oak elements with aeration. Medium-bodied, gently rich and sweet flavours of black berries and spiced black plums feature on the palate and reveal spice, herb and cedary oak detail and interest.

The fruit is supported by moderately grainy tannin extraction lending a dry, textural mouthfeel. Fresh, lacy acidity lends liveliness and drive, carrying the palate to a textured, dry and slightly grippy finish of ripe black fruits. This is a gently rich and fresh, black-fruited Merlot/Malbec blend with grainy extraction. Serve with lamb, beef and venison casseroles, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years.

Vegan friendly wine.

(PRE00002)

 

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Hawkes Bay

Variety:

Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc

Style:

Medium, bodied reds

Winemaker:

Dan Barker

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV:

13%

Bottle size:

750ml

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Food Match:

Lamb, Beef or Hard Cheeses

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