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Church-Road-Tom-Cab-Merlot-2013Church Road Tom Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $200

500 cases made. Two-thirds from Bridge Pa with the rest from Gimblett Gravels. The wine has an appealing initial upfront sweet berry with savoury, chocolate and classy oak flavours. Rich and weighty with mocha and hints of spice leading to a beautifully layered finish. A lovely textural wine that starts well and has a fireworks finish. It’s a big, chewy wine – surprisingly accessible for a cabernet sauvignon-dominant wine showing obvious potential. (Cork)

Score: 99 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 14.5%

Ageing: now to 2028

Food match: Smoke venison with juniper, blackcurrant, walnut, wood sorrel, beetroot

Stockists: Glengarry Wines, Auckland; Caro’s Wines, Auckland; Regional Wines, Wellington (NZ); Pernod Ricard Australia (AU distributor/owner)

Ranked #1 of 19 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Winery Rating: 95.2 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How does this wine fit into the winery’s range?

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