Eaton Marlborough Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $48

Cool-climate elegance all the way here with Mike Eaton’s new 85:10:5 blend sourced from tiny parcels of fruit gathered from secret-squirrel plots across the region. Seasoned leather, blueberry, graphite, blackcurrant, and pepper push their way across the palate. The tannins are fine-grained, deliciously dusty, and as per Mike’s philosophy, unfined and unfiltered — so you may see a little cluster of harmless ‘wine diamonds’ or tartrate crystals in the bottle. Decant to inject some oxygen, and it’ll pay dividends. Scotch eggs and BBQ sauce? Methinks yes. Drink now through 2028.