From estate-grown vines over 30 years old, the 2019 vintage (4.5*) of this Waipara Valley, North Canterbury red is a Merlot-based blend, with smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fragrant, with rich, well-ripened plum and blackcurrant flavours, showing very good complexity, gentle tannins, and a supple, finely textured finish. Best drinking 2023+.
Type: Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $34 NZD
Value for Money: AV
When to drink: 2023
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 4/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed June 2022