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Church Road Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Medal

Gold, scored 95 points

Variety

Red Blends

Region

Hawkes Bay

Style

Full Bodied Red Wine

Special features

Sustainable wine growing

Key flavours

Cassis, dark berry fruits, leather, plums

Judges Comments:

Some of the best nights are just about catching up with friends, watching the game and ordering pizza. Here’s the perfect match! Big, intense and bold with lots of everything – fruit, texture and rich tannins coming together as a complete package. Still incredibly youthful, a wine that is drinking well now, but will reward with further aging.

Pairing Recommendation:

These tend to be blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Grenache, Malbec, so the same foods that match the individual varieties also work here. These tend to be robust wines for robust food flavours. Try with the Sunday roast, burger and ribs, lamb, steak, sausages, chicken or game. Great with pizza and tomato-based pasta dishes. Take to a pot-luck dinner or a BBQ with good friends. With vegetarian menus, look for savoury flavours like mushroom, beetroot, aubergine, tomato and red wine sauces, olives, braised celery and onion-based dishes. Pair this hard or aged cheese like cheddar, gouda and pecorino.