Gibblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand. 14%
Merlot & Cabernet Franc blend.
I’ve rated this wine that has been praised by Parker and others rather low. Because I found it very hard to drink, it is very powerful, concentrated, but with harsh yet dullish added acidity. It’s premium wne, a show pony wine, no doubt, yet I expect it will age into a something of a leathery dull wine.
This is Californian wine making comes to New Zealand.
Less confectionery than some of the Villa Maria wines, but in something of the same ilk.