Stone Paddock has an enviable record for over delivery and this 2018 Merlot is simply great buying - offering concentration and real quality at an affordable price point. Look for a flowing, supple palate of plummy merlot fruits with good tannin structure and a fine line of fresh acidity on the finish. Highly recommended.
The winery writes "This Merlot is a prime example of the style produced from the stony soils of Hawke's Bay. Deep ruby red in colour, ripe plum aroma's with vanilla, and cedar notes from the oak. The palate is plush and velvety and shows dark fruits dominated by plum and clove and a hint of mocha, supported by fleshy tannins. The oak influence is subtle and provides structure and a light vanilla lift to the aroma."