Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Merlot (2016)

The very classy 2016 vintage (5*) is a still youthful Hawke's Bay red, matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (54 per cent new). Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, inviting bouquet, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, but not heavy, with highly concentrated red-berry and plum flavours, a hint of liquorice, well-integrated oak, and a very harmonious, seductively smooth finish. Best drinking 2023+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2016
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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