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Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2019


Gold, scored 95 points


Red Blends


Hawkes Bay


Full Bodied Red Wine

Special features

Sustainable wine growing

Key flavours

Black pepper, blackcurrant, cassis, cedar wood, dried herbs, floral, thyme, toasty oak

Judges Comments:

From the highly sought-after Gimblett Gravels district, this is dense yet refined, with cassis, thyme and spicy oak aromas, together with a silken texture and a pleasingly firm finish, making it a wonderful wine to accompany rich lamb shanks, beef cheeks or spicy curries. Or have it with aged cheddar at the end of a satisfying meal.

Pairing Recommendation:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are typically used in red blends, therefore similar food matches work well here. Although these wines can be powerful and substantial, they can also be gentler with elegant harmony and sophistication. Red wine risotto with assorted mushrooms would be comfortingly delicious. The stylish beef Wellington with rich gravy woks beautifully. Moreover, its a satisfying wine to finish a meal with aged cheeses and quince paste.

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