39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $25 

Paul McEvoy has created one of the smoothest, cuddliest, most dangerously drinkable blends of merlot and cabernet that I’ve had the pleasure of slipping down my esophagus in a long time.  Erupting with vanilla, sweet, smoky layers, buckets of ripe berries and soft plum on the nose and palate, this 45:40:15 blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc is an easy-like-Sunday-morning wine that’ll have you hankering for a hearty casserole or at the very least, the best mince and cheese pie you can afford.