Wine of the Week NZ

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2014, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $59.99

Rich and warming red with ripe berry and plum flavours together with a subtle savoury edge and a generous helping of spicy French oak. Very appealing and quite complex red that can be enjoyed now but will be better in few years. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food: Lamb rack, black tomatoes, olives, garlic puree & yoghurt

Stockists: Esk Valley Wines; Caro’s Wines, Auckland (NZ)

Ranked #4 of 26 2014 Merlot blends from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $48.53 Avg 95pt 2014 Merlot Blend tasted from New Zealand

Winery Rating: 93.5 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How the wine fits in the winery’s range?

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