94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
92 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
An excellent Cabernet Merlot blend from the Stonecroft Roy's Hill Gimblett Gravels vineyard. The palate is lush with plenty of dark fruit flavours and a touch of spice on the finish. Exceptional.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Ripe, dark fruited bouquet with bold aromas of blackberry Cabernet and spicy dark plum Merlot. Layers of sweet French oak with vanilla and cloves then sweet toasty barrel scents. There’s a quiet yet distinctive aroma of violets and dark roses, some iron and pencil lead. On the palate - very youthful and tense, a core of fruit with dark berries and plum flavours then spicy toasty oak flavours. Firm tannins, plenty of acidity and a lengthy finish. A wine for the cellar still with best drinking from 2023 through 2030+."
Bob Campbell MW writes "Ripe, almost lush dark berry, cassis, plum flavours with cigar-box, new leather and smoky-oak characters. A robust red that is accessible now but should respond well to a little bottle age."
The winery writes "This year our Ruhanui has lush red and black fruit flavours including plum, blackberry and blackcurrant. The tannins are soft and smooth and the wine has a long toasty finish with hints of sweet spice."