Warm and generous

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Block Merlot 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $37.90

Deeply-scented merlot with intense and almost luscious dark berry, chocolate, liquorice and spice and anise flavours. A rich, warming and generous wine with a solid core of sweet fruit interwoven with spice and savoury characters. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★½ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2022

Food: Liquorice venison, chocolate soil, blueberry raita, celeriac black pudding korma, sprouts

Stockists: Saint Clair Family Estate; Negociants New Zealand (NZ distributor); Negociants Australia (AU distributor)

Ranked #2 of 16 2015 Merlot from Hawke’s Bay

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