Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $32

There were rumblings and rumours and all manner of murmurs on the grapevine, that 2018 would be a pretty yowza year for cabernet sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa sub-region. I’m pleased to report the gossip was true and correct. This Lauren Swift-crafted cabernet is elegantly structured, stitched together with blueberry and dark cocoa, and hints of menthol and pepper. The tannins are wonderfully woolly and the finely-tuned textures on the finish make this a winning sip with savoury mushroom strudel.