Music Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2018

May 3, 2021By Yvonne

Music Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2018 $15.99 If you’re looking for a fruity, smooth, super-easy, quaffy mcquaff face red to soothe the throat, clear the nose and wow the crowds, then you’ve come to the right cul de sac here my friend. Ripe, rumpty, Hawke’s Bay merlot has been blended with cabernet sauvignon to … Read More

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

April 22, 2020By Yvonne

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $35 Flying Sheep is Osawa Wines little brother brand and is named after (supposedly) a reference early Hawke’s Bay settlers had for the fluffy clouds that glided across the regions’ vast blue skies.  From fruit grown in some of the oldest soils on the Heretaunga Plains, comes … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2018

March 8, 2020By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Leveret Estate Library Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2009

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Leveret Estate Library Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2009 $28 It’s not every day that you get to taste newly-released library stock of a ten-year-old merlot cabernet blend, and I’ll tell you this for a dollar.  It’s pretty much vanilla and prune-infused perfection in a glass. Softly-styled and oozing into the bricky-red colour spectrum, it’s … Read More

Main Divide Canterbury Merlot Cabernet 2017

May 28, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide Canterbury Merlot Cabernet 2017 $18 If you’re a fan of berries and spice and all things nice, then this ripe and rumpty blend from the talented folk at Pegasus Bay will be right up your cul de sac.  Brightly fruited on the nose and edged with a lick of leather and Christmas pudding … Read More

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99

December 1, 2018By Yvonne

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99 Sweetly fruited on the nose, this is, like its namesake, a snappy little red blend that’s a great value quaffer.  Smooth, velvety and showing plum, cherry and redcurrant characters on  the finish.  Simple, yummy and dangerously drinkable.   trade $11.08

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016

November 18, 2018By Yvonne

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $25  Paul McEvoy has created one of the smoothest, cuddliest, most dangerously drinkable blends of merlot and cabernet that I’ve had the pleasure of slipping down my esophagus in a long time.  Erupting with vanilla, sweet, smoky layers, buckets of ripe berries and soft plum on the nose and … Read More

Sacred Hill HALO Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2014 $28 (4.5 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

Holy hand harvest batman! What a wine!  It’s tricky to even start explaining how glorious this wine smells – but I’ll do my best for you.  Vanilla, soft boysenberry, cocoa, caramelised walnuts and smoked plums – how does that sound?  To drink, it’s fresh, vibrant, woven together with muscular tannins and extended with a marathon-like … Read More

Main Divide Waipara Merlot Cabernet 2014

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Main Divide Waipara Merlot Cabernet 2014 $20 ★★★½ If you thought only the North Island could create good Bordeaux-style reds then best you wrap your gums around this southern sip pronto.  Highly fruity on the nose and all manner of raspberry, boysenberry and spicy, cocoa-like characters crash across the palate.  Yet the mouthfeel and finish … Read More

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013

February 22, 2016By Yvonne

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013 $16.95 ★★★★ Well I for one did a little dance after tasting this wine because not only is it bright and berry-stacked on the nose, but it’s loaded with plum, boysenberry and attractive vanilla, spice and smoky notes on the palate.  It’s a warm, cuddly, silky and slippery … Read More