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Elephant-Hill-Reserve-merlot-malbec-cab-sav-2014Elephant Hill Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49

Dense, vibrant red with dark berry, cassis, liquorice, coffee/mocha and mixed spice character, plus a subtle savoury influence and a backbone of classy oak. A solidly structured wine with obvious cellaring potential, but a core of sweet fruit helps to make the wine accessible now. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on BobCampbell.nz

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2025

Food: Skirt steak with tobacco onions, iceberg wedge & habanero mustard

Stockists: Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay; Procure, Auckland (NZ distributors); Zenith Wine Agencies, NSW (AU distributors)

Ranked #1 of 21 2014 Merlot Blend tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $82.33 Avg 96pt 2014 Merlot Blend tasted from New Zealand

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