Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2018 $33

Boasting more berries than a jam session at Strawberry Shortcake’s house, this feisty, fleshy blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon shows that the southern climes can indeed shine so far as the big reds are concerned.  Showing signature plum, pepper and cocoa characters of merlot, alongside bay leaf, a tweak of tobacco and blueberry notes of cabernet sauvignon, it has a ripe, elegant mouthfeel, good generosity and fine-grained, tongue-clicking tannins to finish.  Warming, savoury and deliciously drinkable.  Nice one Pegasus Bay.