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The Hunting Lodge Expressions Lavish Merlot Malbec 2019

Medal

Gold, scored 96 points, Champion Red Blend

Variety

Red Blends

Region

Hawkes Bay

Style

Full Bodied Red Wine

Special features

Sustainable wine growing

Key flavours

Dark berry fruits, fruit cake, plums, spices

Judges Comments:

A wonderful combination of two grapes you don't often see blended together. Pair this with grilled lamb chops served with an olive tapenade made with orange zest, parsley and celery leaves. Dark red fruits and a lovely spice from the Malbec. Wonderfully approachable, the palate is textural with an inviting creaminess that balances the tannin. Beautiful oak integration and a long finish gives this wine another dimension.

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.