Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Malbec (2017)

More elegant, less gutsy than many Malbecs, the 2017 vintage (5*) is a powerful red, matured in French (80 per cent) and Hungarian (20 per cent) oak casks (38 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and youthful, with fresh, dense, plummy, spicy flavours, and firm, but not grippy, tannins. Well worth cellaring to 2023 onwards, it should be long-lived.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Malbec
Vintage: 2017
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $90 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2023

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