93/100 | Cameron Douglas MS
This is a densely framed, tour de force blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc from winemaker Jason Stent and his Paritua team. What a beauty; a true representation of the Bordeaux-esque qualities of fine Hawkes Bay red wine that is laden with flavours of dark blackberry fruits and cedar wood complexity. By world standards this wine is an unadulterated bargain. Buy with our highest recommendation.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc. The bouquet is packed with aromas of dark berries bitter chocolate, plums and violets, smoky oak with clove and dark vanilla. Very youthful showing off complexity and intensity. On the palate - concentrated, fruity, oaky and intense. There’s no mistaking the tannins with their grainy mix of oak and fruit origins. There’s also plenty of acidity contrasting the ripe core of fruit reminding me of the plums and dark berries then chocolate toasty wood layers. A lovely wine, very young and lengthy."