92 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS "A lovely wine that should be enjoyed with food"
4.5 STARS 91/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Delightfully fruited and inviting..."
This enticing blend of Hawke's Bay Merlot, Syrah and Malbec is another stellar effort from winemaker Steve Skinner and the 2018 is an immediately attractive wine with upfront juiciness and glossy, dark fruit characters that reveal layers of spice and complexity as the wine opens in the glass. In our view it's a significant step up from the previous 2017 vintage that was such a success with our red wine buyers, showing a fuller and more concentrated palate with more grip and creamy acidity on the finish.
This lovely wine is already in superb form but will blossom over the coming 6 - 8 years should you chose to lay some down.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Aromas and flavours of wild forest berries, plums, savoury bitter chocolate, black currant and toasty wood spices of oak. Youthful and quite complex. On the palate - vibrant, tense and very engaging with texture from firm chalky tannins and medium+ acidity, a core of light and dark red berry fruits that reflect the nose, toasty barrel spices with clove and vanilla then sour raspberry and black cherry. A lovely wine that should be enjoyed with food."
Sam Kim writes "Delightfully fruited and inviting with dark plum, blackcurrant, dried herb and almond characters, it's succulent and supple displaying rounded mouthfeel and fine texture. Well structured by fine chalky tannins, finishing delicately dry and persistent."