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5 Stars
96 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Grape: 74% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon & 7% Cabernet Franc

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Regions : Hawkes Bay

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74% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon & 7% Cabernet Franc

Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Sub blocks are selected at our Maraekakaho vineyard to grow low yield crops. Management for our high tier wines starts with pruning. The vines are manicured from then onwards, with crop thinning to one bunch per cane and a manual leaf pluck during veraison. The canopy is kept open to provide for airflow and sun exposure. At optimum ripeness we hand harvest selected rows.

Whole bunches are destemmed and pass through our optical grape sorting machine and then crushed to a closed fermenter. After a period of cold soak we inoculate with a preferred yeast. Temperatures are then managed to reach about 30°C. Malo-lactic conversion takes place during maceration in tank which can take up to 35 days. We aim for about 40% new French oak barriques, elevage in barrels can take up to 18 months with final barrel selection and blending prior to bottling. This wine was bottled without fining and after a light filtration.

A deep ruby red colour, with complex and dense aromas of black Doris plum and wild forest berries with fine cedar notes, baking spice and cocoa powder. The palate is firm and rich, with seamless tannins and concentrated black plum, cassis, black berry and mocha with a fine minerality and a long savoury finish. This wine will improve with cellaring. Recommended drinking from mid 2018 till 2028."

5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"A magnificently styled Bordeaux blend; the gloriously expressed bouquet shows creme de cassis, Black Doris plum, cedar, cigar, olive and cocoa characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is both powerful and graceful. The wine displays outstanding depth and richness, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine, polished tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: now to 2025."

95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"Complex, intriguing and definitive bouquet of a red blend with aromas of wood spices, tobacco and dark berry fruits; violets and sweet clove. Equally delicious and complex on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose and with more intensity. Firm youthful tannins and matching acidity, a lovely concentration of fruit and flavours. Long finish, a core of fruit and delicious precise impact. Decant for service, excellent food wine, drink now and through 2026."

95/100 Gourmet Traveller Wine, February 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cab franc. Elegant and quite dense red with a mix of savoury oak and dried fruit, cassis flavours with a subtle floral influence. It's stylish and complex and can be appreciated now but should develop well." 

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