Cabernet Sauvignon made in New Zealand is a rare commodity, but with examples like this and increasing warmer vintages forthcoming we are sure to see more. This is only the second (and last) release 'Soler' from the Omahu Gravels vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels as this brand is to be discontinued. However it does mean we can offer it to you at a juicy price!
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"This perfumed Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wine shows classic aromatics of blackcurrant, Black Doris plum, tobacco, dried herbs and cedar. Flavours of dark berries, plum and savoury oak combine on a fresh and finely textured palate showing a core of fruit with good concentration and length. An age-worthy wine."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Varietally pure and fabulously expressed, the wine shows cassis, Black Doris plum, tar, tobacco and cedar characters on the nose. It's wonderfully weighted and finely textured with excellent fruit power and intensity, brilliantly structured by loads of fine chalky tannins. An impressive offering at such great price. At its best: now to 2028."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Blackberries and oak spices, dark plums and tobacco, purple flowers and clove, dry river stones and dried herbs. Complex, and not overdone. On the palate – firm, youthful, dry, textured. Flavours of dark berries and plum. Dark wood spices and hay, roasted black fruits and clove. Firm tannins and plenty of acidity keep the palate youthful and fresh contrasted by a core of fruit and juicy mid-palate. Lengthy finish, balanced and well made with a violet note at the very end. Drinking well now and through 2024."
4 ½ Stars Yvonne Lorkin, May 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Do you know what? I’ve been pacing, literally pacing around waiting for the new Soler cabernet to cross my desk. The wait was worth it. Bursting with black guava, blueberry, dark cherry, bay leaf, dark cocoa and liquorice layers, it’s supremely elegant, freshly structured and seriously frisky. The tannins are solid but sandy and the finish is long and lithe. Love it!"
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Still very youthful, the 2018 vintage contains 10 per cent Merlot. Grown at two sites in the Gimblett Gravels, it was matured for 20 months in French oak barriques (49 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and vibrant, with concentrated plum, spice and herb flavours, well-integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2022+."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2017 Vintage)
"Powerful, elegant, high energy Cabernet Sauvignon with classic cedar/cigar box, fresh herb, black currant, pepper and spicy oak flavours. Youthful wine with a little fruit sweetness that's encased in taut, ripe tannins. Has great potential."