19/20 | Raymond Chan.
FIVE STARS | Bob Campbell, MW.
With scores like these this wine must now be considered as one of the world's great wine bargains. Paritua are a shining star of Hawkes Bay fine wine production and when you taste this you will know why. This is their flagship wine and it is a superb effort. Sweet fruit and ultra fine tannins with a subtle yet lingering power to the palate and a simply extraordinary length. This is NZ red at its VERY best.
Raymond Chan writes "This has density with finesse and youthful vitality. Full-bodied, the palate possesses very rich and vibrant , lusciously ripe fruit flavours of blackberries entwined with soft notes of blackcurrants and black plums with nuances of cassis liqueur, The fruit is vigorous and near robust, and enlivened by fresh acidity, and supported by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. This has great drive and power with some alcohol warmth just noticeable. The palate has textural balance, the fruit prevailing, carrying with great energy to a rich, long, sustained finish of sweetly ripe black fruits and exotic oak. This is a rich, ripe, fulsome and vigorous Cabernet Sauvignon blend with sweet black fruit of a fully structured palate with underlying power, that retains a degree of finesse. Match with game meat dishes over the next10-15 years. The Paritua flagship wine. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc."