Upon release it is an intense garnet colour. The bouquet is an arresting melange of black fruit and savoury aromas. Dark cherry, blackcurrant and plum soon morph into truffle, woodsmoke, leather and spice, along with faint mineral notes. In the mouth the wine is full bodied and assertive, laden with ripe elegant tannins and a classic structure. The larger Merlot component ensures the blend remains succulent and fruit driven, however there is a backbone of perfectly judged acid and tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec that balances the wine, offering outstanding depth and harmony. While ready to drink now, it will evolve gracefully in the bottle for many years to come.
Region: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Grape Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Critic Rating: TBA
Suggested Drink Window: TBA