Hãhã Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2018 $18

This new release is a super-smashable red that sings plum, plum and more plum!  Warm and cuddly in the mouth, it coats the palate with cocoa and spice and slips down far too easily.  Edged with pepper, the tannins are soft and woolly, yet add a hint of chew and texture to the finish.