A PRIVATE CELLAR RELEASE. See below for details
FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Geoff Kelly.
94/100 | Wine Folio
Winefolio reviewed this wine in 2022: "From the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, and a delicious twenty years of gentle cellaring and ageing. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; showing a dense ruby, carmine, claret colour in the glass. Nice ‘right-bank, old-school’ stylings, with the Syrah adding a lighter, brighter crunch to the mix. Not massive on the nose, but with precise, elegant notes of cassis, doris plum, bramble and violets. Excellent concentration still evident – bruising and robust into the palate, with a savoury top note of leather, mushroom and soy. Well balanced and with a velveteen texture – the wine evolving in the glass, and starting to show a bit more age and tertiary character as the evening rolled on. 94pts"
This wine comes from a private cellar that we purchased in 2023. It has been stored correctly and we can vouch for it's cellar provenance.
We have no reason to think that this wine will not be in perfect condition when you open it but, please note that because we were not the original purchaser of this wine, our usual ‘no questions asked’ guarantee does not apply and we are unable to replace or refund your purchase should the wine be faulty in any way.
Geoff Kelly writes "18.5/20. ...a remarkably Bordeaux-like bouquet, showing some violets, intense cassis, and potentially cedary oak. Palate is clearly aromatic with great concentration and length. This is a great example of the emerging Hawkes Bay Blend class of wines, building on the Bordeaux model via addition of syrah."