Clearview Estate reserve old olive block 2000 (review)

79 points

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 13%
Cabernet, Merlot, Franc.

Fairly dark still. Distinctly NZ vegetal aromas. Rather astringent and plain. It has sufficient weight but lacks fruit and depth.

I vaguely remember this wine when it was young as fairly substantial for the vintage in Hawkes Bay. I mistakenly thought it seemed to have the stuffing needed to develop. Now I regret the many times I resisted opening it. This wine is going nowhere. Unfortunately too much Kiwi cabernet is like this, nice in the first flush of youth but without the necessary concentration and complexity to be worth aging.

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