This rare, estate-grown Matakana red is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, matured in French oak barrels. In late 2018, I tasted the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012 vintages. Fleshy, savoury and full-coloured, the 2016 (5*) is a classy red, likely to be long-lived, with deep blackcurrant/spice flavours, leathery notes adding complexity, good tannin support, and a very harmonious finish. Drinking well now, the 2015 vintage (4.5*) is elegant, with good but not great intensity of plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, a hint of coffee, and supple tannins. The 2014 (5*), oak-aged for two years (50 per cent new), is a powerful, almost robust red, very fragrant, savoury and concentrated, with a long future ahead; open 2021+. The 2012 vintage (5*), still fairly youthful in colour, has an earthy streak running through its savoury, complex flavours, which are fresh, smooth and strong. Drink now or cellar.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Branded and Other Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $85 NZD
Value for Money: AV
Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021
This wine is a Classic.
When to drink: 2021