Blockbuster red

Elephant Hill Reserve Merlot Malbec 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $54

Dense, almost chewy red with intense, ripe berry and plum flavours supported by spicy oak. An appealing wine that can be appreciated now but is a good prospect for at least moderate cellaring. (Screwcap)

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

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Seared West Coast lamb rump with roasted pepper, confit shallot, marinated olives and cashew nut puree

Stockists: Elephant Hill Wines; Procure Wines (NZ distributor). New Zealand only

Ranked: #5 of 26 2015 Merlot blends from Hawke’s Bay

Awarded: Top Rank

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