2014 SoHo "Revolver" Bordeaux Blend Waiheke Island

SKU #1228574 95 points Sam Kim

 This is impressively fruited and beautifully styled. The perfumed bouquet shows complex aromas of cassis, dark plum, floral and clove with classic cigar box complexity. It is concentrated, dense and plush on the palate, delivering bags of gorgeous flavours and layers of fine texture, all brilliantly wrapped in fine, chalky tannins. Lovely harmony and integration, promising to evolve graciously. At its best: 2017 to 2024.  (8/2015)

92-93 points Raymond Chan

 Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour. The nose is refined in expression with tightly bound and elegantly concentrated aromas of spicy dark plums with redcurrant notes, along with subtle violet floral elements and some toasty oak. The aromatics are integrated and unveil leafy, herb and earthy detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a tight and refined core of sweet black berried and black plum fruits melded with spices and florals, revealing subtle curranty elements. The fruit has intensity and depth. Fine-grained powdery tannin extraction and structure balances the fruit richness, lending a firm, dry, textured line. The acidity is integrated and adds to the drive and tension as the wine carries to a long, elegant finish of florals, spicy plums and toasty oak. This is an elegant and concentrated, aromatic blend of Merlot, Franc and Malbec with spicy plummy fruit and a fine-grained structure. Match with roasted red meat dishes over the next 7-9 years. A blend of 46% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, and 5% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, hand-picked from the company’s ‘Jomara’ vineyard, Onetangi, fermented to 14.6% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 26% new and 1 y.o. French oak barrels.

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2016 | Send Email
We are very fortunate to be getting any wines from Waiheke Island, and this line up from SOHO is simply fantastic! The revolver is this region's answer to a right bank inspired Bordeaux blend. This medium to fuller bodied blend is fragrant, with a juicy and well melted tannin structure. The strings are all in tune here in this bottling, with maybe even some medium term aging on this bad boy available to those patient souls. Enjoy this with friends and family, while it is here!
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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
This was a highlight for me both while I was on Waiheke Island and at a recent staff tasting. A very vibrant, expressive wine with tons of flavor and character. It's a Bordeaux inspired blend with a good chunk of Cabernet Franc which really lifts the aromatics and gives a lovely exotic nuance to the fruit. Cassis, ripe plum, blackcurrant, sweet tobacco spice, subtle lavender. Ripe, silky tannins, fresh acidity and polished to a shine with lovely, flashy french oak licks. Incredible wine for the money. A new K&L Direct Import and one to watch!
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.