Soljans Tribute Hawke's Bay Merlot/Malbec (2018)

Maturing well, the fragrant 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a blend of Merlot (70 per cent) and Malbec (30 per cent), matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (partly new). Retasted in mid 2022, it is mouthfilling, with full, still fairly youthful colour. Drinking well now, but also worth cellaring, it has generous, plummy, berryish, spicy flavours, earthy and savoury notes adding complexity, and good tannin backbone.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★ – 4 Stars
Price: $42 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: –V

When to drink: 2022

Reviewed July 2022

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