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Allan Scott Family Winemakers Hawkes Bay Merlot 2020

Medal

Gold, scored 95 points

Variety

Single Variety Reds

Region

Hawkes Bay

Style

Full Bodied Red Wine

Special features

Sustainable wine growing, vegan friendly

Key flavours

Blackcurrant, cedar wood, dark berry fruits, dried herbs, floral, plums, spices

Judges Comments:

Merlot bridges the gap between the stronger gutsy Cabernet or Shiraz, and the softer Pinot Noir, with its succulent fruit flavours and rounded texture. This is a real beauty, displaying juicy plum, raspberry, toasted spice and cedar aromas with a wonderfully generous palate. Wouldn't it be stunning with a rack of lamb, crusted with panko crumbs, garlic and rosemary?

Pairing Recommendation:

Bold opulent reds are capable of matching rich flavoursome dishes. Barbeque meats and sausages, deluxe pizza and burgers. An impromptu get together with friends or fancy dinners, they are versatile and joyfully tasty.

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Red wine beef ragu

A warming comforting ragu for the whānau that is both easy and delicious, with the addition of decadent red wine. It’s slow-cooked to perfection with beautifully tender fall-apart beef and deeply rich flavours.

3 hrs
Serves 4-6
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