What’s in the glass tonight September 11th – Merlot Malbec


Ka Tahi Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2013 – $

Under the watchful eye of Napier Hill, in Pandora lies the home of Ka Tahi Wines.  Here is another wine from this producer…A blend of 85% Te Awanga Merlot with 15% Gimblett Gravels Malbec.

Inky carmine. 13.8%.

It started light and a little thin in the glass, but softened and deepened over time.

Lifted dark fruit aromas of blackcurrants and ripe Black Doris. Quite savoury also, with pleasant vanilla and spice notes.

Upfront, in the mouth, the wine was soft, with drying tannins on the mid-palate, and some acid showing at the death. Quite long, the acid made it mouthwatering, but that could also be indicative of some shortness of body. Quite attractive, and a good BBQ wine. It went well with our mild lamb curry.

84 points

What’s in the glass tonight September 7th – Chardonnay


Ka Tahi Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2015 – $

Ka Tahi means the one in Te Reo. It looks to be a negociant wine.  Pale gold colour. 13%.

Fragrant peach, nectarines, manuka honey. It smells very developed for a 2015! Almost Burgundian in character.

Flavours in the mouth of apples, citrus, mandarin, nectarine, butterscotch. There is a zesty sharp attack with this wine, crunchy mouthfeel, medium length. Nice weight and ripeness to this value quaffer.

84 points