Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2018 $27

Quick word. Peel your eyes away from this necktag and let them bathe in the sight of this dark, glossy, gorgeous thing pouring into your glass. Impenetrably inky, and smelling like saddle leather rubbed with baking spices, blackberries and dark cocoa. This wine was made by the scarily talented Steve Skinner, who is a master of blending their organically-grown Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle fruit to create deeply savoury , deeply sexy sensations like this.

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