Wine of the Week NZ

Squawking Magpie Platinum Merlot 2013, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $100

Available only in a 3-bottle gift box with a syrah and cabernet blend. Only 300 bottles made. Dense and quite oaky merlot from a top vintage and showing the benefit of a little bottle age. A smooth-textured wine with plum, dark berry, liquorice, spice, anise and a suggestion of tar. Should age very well indeed. (Screwcap)

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

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Fourteen-hour smoked beef brisket, green chilli, lemongrass, galangal

Stockists: Squawking Magpie Wines (NZ & AU)

Ranked #8 of 35 2013 Merlot from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $49.65 Avg 95pt 2013 Merlot tasted from New Zealand

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