92 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Splendid"
This enticing blend of Hawke's Bay Merlot, Syrah and Malbec is another stellar effort from winemaker Steve Skinner and the 2019 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 vintages, 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 "An immediately enticing core of dark red fruit aromas - Doris plums and blackberry, some raspberry and milk chocolate then a layer of fine stony soil suggestions. On the palate - fruity, vibrant, salivating and dry. Flavours mirror the bouquet with fine tannins and youthful acid line. A lovely velvety texture coats the palate layering a great mouthfeel and touch of finesse and finishing with flavours of red berries, spice and chocolate. Well made and ready to drink upon day of purchase, I recommend you imbibe with food alongside."
Sam Kim writes "A splendid merlot-dominant blend with malbec and syrah in good supporting role, it’s beautifully lifted on the nose with Black Doris plum, blueberry, floral and elegant oak notes, leading to a succulent palate that’s supple and flavoursome with a lovely silky flow. Well structured too, making it wonderfully appealing."