Te Mata Estate Coleraine, Hawke’s Bay 2013 $89
New Zealand’s pre-eminent cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc blend is on song in 2013. Very deep purple-red hue, a bouquet of violets, blackberry and a nutty oak veneer; the palate full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, with sumptuous ripe fruit flavours and ample soft tannins. It oozes class and will be long-lived. (Cork; 13.5 per cent alcohol.) Score 96 ★★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Cellar three to 23 years.
Food idea: Pink roast leg of lamb.
Stockists: Boccacio Cellars, Balwyn (Vic); Kent St Cellars, Sydney (NSW).