FIVE STARS 95/100 | Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS 93/100 | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
In a short space of time, Decibel have carved out quite the reputation for their finely crafted expression of the classic Hawke's Bay varietals. Testify is the flagship range in the Decibel heirarchy and Testify wines are only produced in the best vintages.
The wine is a juicy, darkly fruited Gimblett Gravels Malbec Merlot blend from winemaker Daniel Brennan. It's thoroughly modern winemaking showcasing Malbec's overt power with elegance and restraint. Excellent reviews from critics confirm the quality on offer here. This is sensational buying for fans of Hawke's Bay red wine.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "Superbly ripe and perfumed, the bouquet shows blackcurrant, Black Doris plum, floral, olive and cedar characters. The palate displays excellent concentration and richness, wonderfully structured by fine texture and chalky tannins. It's robust and sturdy with silky mouthfeel, finishing impressively long and engaging. 60% Malbec & 40% Merlot from the Gimblett Gravels. Certified organic."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "From the Decibel Wines collection comes this ripe, fragrant and fruity example from the Gimblett Gravels with aromas and flavours of dark plums and blackberry fruits, there’s layers of soils and barrel spices, smoky toasty qualities and a harmonious tempting core. As the wine develops on the palate flavours of chocolate and baking spices begin to emerge, there’s also a backbone of acidity and firm youthful tannins that need time and food to tame - not for too long though. Well made, as always, with persistent flavours and textures and a dry lengthy finish. Best drinking from late 2024 through 2030+."
Bob Campbell MW writes "A blend of 60% malbec and 40% merlot. Dense, ripe, sweet berry fruit, plum, chocolate/moccha and vanilla flavours. Generously proportioned wine that is deliciously accessible now but promises to deliver much more with further bottle age. Drink 2023 - 2033."