Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015 $48

In 2010 Trevor Shepherd talked his way into a job at Linden, where for four years he toiled (unpaid mostly) to restore the vines and get the decrepit, but legendary winery back up to scratch. It’s clearly worked. There’s a bold, buxom, plum and cocoa character to this wine, complete with grippy tannins, smoky warmth in the mid palate and excellent length of flavour.

Sip with: Old fashioned scotch eggs and brown onion gravy.

www.lindenestatewinery.co.nz

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