2009 Mission Estate "Jewelstone" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, matured in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months, the 2009 Jewelstone Cabernet Merlot gives a deep garnet-purple color and complex scents of black currant, warm blackberries and anise with nuances of dried plums, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate and vanilla. Concentrated and full bodied in the mouth, it gives high acidity, firm very fine-grained tannins and a long spicy finish. Delicious now, it should evolve nicely through 2020+.