Matariki Quintology 2007 $80 

One of New Zealand’s iconic red wines, this example of Gimblett Gravels gorgeousness is only released when the fruit is exceptional. A vintage-dependent blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec, this version bursts with complex dried herbs, exotic spices dusted over juicy, ripe plum and dense berryfruit.  I love the hint of char and iodine that hits before the silky, warming, elegant mouthfeel, elastic tannins and truly sophisticated length of flavour.

Matariki Quintology 2007