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.  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’s supremely elegant, soft, plush, yet powerfully built, and not only is it drinking beautifully now, it’ll easily reward another few years in the cellar.