Enigmatic red

Clearview Estate Enigma 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $58

A blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc, with an appealingly smooth texture and dark berry, pepper, wood smoke and leather flavours. Quite a dense, yet elegant red that is approachable now but should develop well with bottle age. (Diam)

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

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food: Scotch steak, mushroom, onion & cavolo nero

Stockists: Clearview Estate Wines; Glengarry Wines & Fine Wine Delivery Co, Auckland (NZ)

Ranked: #2 of 16 2016 Merlot blends from Hawke’s Bay

Awarded: Top Rank

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