Unison Rocky Red 2020

This characterful red offers fine value.  A blend of Merlot (68 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (32 per cent), it was grown in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, and barrel-matured for 19 months.  Deeply coloured, it is full-bodied and vibrantly fruity, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, and good tannin backbone.  Already delicious, it should be at its best 2024+.