Hunting Lodge Tennessee Red Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2019

August 31, 2020By Yvonne

Hunting Lodge Project X Tennessee Red Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2019 $36 Well yippee ki yay, if it isn’t the deepest, darkest, inkiest red to hit my stirrups in ages.  The Project X is big, bold and muscular in all the right places, supersized into the realms of smoke and vanilla from being aged in … Read More

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 $25 Paired with Vegetable Shepherds Pie in Issue 92 of dish Magazine Take the vegetable love a step further by sipping the certified vegan Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 ($25) with this pie perfection. Fleshy, ripe and rolling with robust berry and spice flavours, this warming, … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018

July 1, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018 $24.95 Paul Dawick and Tim Preston are the crack team of talent behind Mills Reef, and merlot is their monster truck when it comes to wines that plough across your tastebuds and leave a deep, palate imprint.  Dark, inky, glossy and erupting with exotic 5spice notes, plum, cherry, … Read More

Hāhā Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019

June 21, 2020By Yvonne

Hāhā Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 $13.99 Paired with Beef Massaman in dish magazine Issue 92 2020 Your wallet won’t even wince when you grab yourself a bottle of Hāhā Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 ($13.99) to pair with this dish.  Savoury, leathery, plum and blueberry notes abound, then a serious thwack (it’s a word) of acidity, … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 $22.90 Direct from the merlot capital of the country, this fleshy, speshy merlot is dangerously drinkable.  Plum, cherry and boysenberry notes boogie across the nose and palate and leave a gush of gorgeous cocoa and spice on the finish.  Soothing and velvety to sip. http://www.trinityhill.com

Moutere Hills Sarau Reserve Nelson Merlot 2018

June 9, 2020By Yvonne

Moutere Hills Sarau Reserve Nelson Merlot 2018 $55 With its heady perfume of bay leaf and tobacco, fig and prune characters, this soft, plump, fleshy Nelson merlot has slippers by the fireside written all over it.  Moutere Hills was founded back in 1997 and 27 years on, they’re turning out some seriously delicious wine.  Sarau … Read More

Moutere Hills Nelson Rumer 2016

June 9, 2020By Yvonne

Moutere Hills Nelson Rumer 2016 $55 Here’s a sensational, smoked-berries-and-leather layered lovely from one of our favourite Nelson-based producers. Unusual in that it’s predominantly merlot, winemaker Rusty Rayne (cool name) has also blended syrah and cabernet sauvignon alongside it, to give inject extra, peppery gravitas.  Named after Rusty’s much-loved vineyard Kelpie dog, this rockin’ red … Read More

Bostock Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017

June 8, 2020By Yvonne

Bostock Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017 $70 Crafted from fruit grown on their Bridge Pa site and named after the lovely Vicki Bostock, organic agriculture champion and late wife of Johnny Bostock, this merlot shows lifted florals, blueberry, boysenberry and cocoa characters on the nose and palate.  It is supremely elegant, soft, plush, yet … Read More

Bostock Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017

June 3, 2020By Yvonne

Bostock Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017 $70 Grown at Ngatarawa in Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle district, this organically-produced merlot is incredibly elegant and stylish and shows classic cocoa, plum, espresso, dark berries and plump, velvety textures.  It’s drinking beautifully now, but pop another couple of bottles in the cellar until later in the … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2018

May 29, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2018 $24.95 Shiny and new from the Mills Reef crew (love me a wine rhyme) is this cracking blend of 61% merlot and 39% malbec from Hawke’s Bay’s superstar Gimblett Gravels sub-region.  Cold-soaked for 5 days after being gently crushed has maximised extraction of colour and texture from … Read More