FIVE STARS 94/100 | Bob Campbell MW for The Real Review.
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
19/20 | Cadice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Elegant and refined, multi-faceted Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet from lauded winemaker Kate Radburnd. This is excellent wine where attention to detail on the palate is there for those who are keen to look for the nuances that separate the best from the also-rans. It is clear that this wine has been made for the long haul and the 2018 is tight in its youth. Watch the magic unfold over the coming 2 decades. Another brilliant effort from this exciting producer.
PLEASE NOTE. six pack orders (or multiples thereof ) are shipped in lay flat cases. Single bottle orders will be shipped in individual cases. Both the individual and six pack cases are exquisite - setting new standards for New Zealand wine presentation. They will make a stunning personal or corporate gift.
Bob Campbell MW writes for The Real Review :" 94pts. Delicately aromatic and seamless red with floral, violet, blackcurrant bud, fresh herbs, raspberry, and spicy flavours. A backbone of fine, drying tannins suggests cellaring potential. 2020–2030."
The winery writes "An elegant Merlot Cabernet blend which exhibits lifted aromatics of fragrant berry fruits, sweet French oak, and underlying lavender and thyme. Complex and textural, seamless tannins harmoniously support red and black fruits, earthiness, and spice. Tautly poised to develop beautifully with bottle age."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A lovely balance between the merlot's plum and its velvet softness, the power of the cabernet with a core of blackberry - both combined with scents of some cigar/tobacco and toast notes. On the palate flavours reflect the nose with a seamless transition to texture, firm tannins, ripe tannins and supple moments. Medium+ acidity. A complete wine with some powerful youthful textures and a core of fruit, violets and plums, blackberries and spices. Hand harvested and hand sorted, foot stomped and barrel for 21 months before release. Excellent drinking today - if decanted or best from 2022. 2030 wine."