Martinborough and Hawkes Bay, NZ. 13%
Too many winemakers extract too much from overripe grapes, and rely on oak and other manipulations to, hopefully, with age, give complexity. But all too often these wines gain nothing with age. Now I don’t expect this wine to gain much from aging, but the winemaker has created a lovely natural not particularly concentrated wine that drinks beautifully now. Complexity comes from a well handled blend, in this case 35% Syrah, 35% Cabernet and Cab Franc & 30% Merlot. It’s a bit peppery and green in a delicious luncheon claret style. A great wine to eat now.