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Esk Valley The Hillside 2013, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $90

A blend of merlot, cabernet franc and malbec from a top Hawke’s Bay vintage and from a steeply terraced vineyard adjacent to the winery. Dense, powerful red with impressively layered flavours suggesting red-fleshed plum, red berries, violet and spice. A classy wine with plenty of potential. To be released soon. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Wagyu beef short rib with pomegranate salsa, crisp purple potato, aji amarillo & rice crackers

Stockists: Esk Valley Cellar Door, Villa Maria Estate Cellar Door, Auckland. (NZ only)

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