Along with Te Mata Coleraine this is the best Cabernet blend from New Zealand - from the beautiful Waiheke Island - tasted from barrel in January 2020
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc. "Striking concentration of colour with a deep purple and ruby core leading to a bright ruby almost pink rim. The bouquet is focused and deeply concentrated with aromas of dark berries, Doris plum and layered between toasty wood spices of clove and vanilla. On the palate an equally concentrated and detailed wine with flavours that reflect the nose as well as iron shaving and pencil lead. Firm, bold, ripe tannins with contrasting and balancing acid line. Complex, youthful, detailed and long. A fantastic wine. Decant for early drinking (if you must) with an ideal window from around 2025 through 2035. (Barrel Tasting)." 96 Points. Cameron Douglas, MS.