What’s in the glass tonight November 8th – Merlot Cab Malbec

Church Road Merlot Cab Malbec 2013

Church Road Merlot Cabernet Malbec Hawkes Bay 2013 – $

Another value red ’13 that I haven’t yet had the chance to taste. Their ’13 Chardonnays were fab, and their ‘14’s even better. This should be better than ok.

Deep, dark carmine colour. 14.5% alc – a hot one for a New Zealand wine.

On the nose, soft gentle aromas of fallen red orchard stonefruit. Vanilla and jam. A touch of matchbox and graphite pencil. A complex nose for its age.

Melodious sweet ripe fruit to first taste, with flavours of black plums, and soft on the mid-palate. Medium-weighted tannins towards the rear. Cocoa and again, matchbox, at the death.

A good BBQ wine for the early summer evening Wellington chill. A bit too soft for me, I prefer a greater cabernet component for more tannins.

BTG 3+

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