Named after Ivan Pope, who planted and tended the vines at this Clevedon, South Auckland vineyard. The 2015 vintage (5*) is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Malbec, matured for two years in French oak casks (80 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is a powerful but elegant red, still very youthful, with highly concentrated, almost lush, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours. Likely to be long-lived, it should be at its best 2024+.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Branded and Other Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $215 NZD
Value for Money: –V
This wine is a Classic.
When to drink: 2024
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 40
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed March 2022