By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2011 | Send Email
Most of the luscious fruit for this excellent reserve wine (comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot and 5.5% Cabernet Franc) originated in the extraordinary Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay, an ancient alluvial river bed comprised of free-draining, low-fertility soils that has achieved near cult status for its astonishing terroir specially suited to the cultivation of Bordeaux varietals and Syrah. Such is the nature of these unique stony soils that heat is both stored and radiated throughout the vines, achieving ideal ripening conditions while offering protection from the cool breezes that migrate from the nearby coast. Still youthfully fresh and vibrant, this wine possesses real charm in its cassis, black plum, suave mocha and floral aromatics, and the finely delineated tannins give it enough structure to evolve for a few more years.
Drink from 2011 to 2015