SOHO 2016 ‘Westwood’ Rosé, 2015 ‘Revolver’ Merlot Blend and ‘McQueen’ Pinot Noir

The SOHO ‘Black Collection’ wines are the reserve-style bottlings of Rachael Carter’s wine operation. While the ‘White Collection’ wines offer varietal and regional expression, the ‘Black Collection’ wines take another step up in fruit richness, concentration and quality, as well as individuality and character. Rachael’s three winemakers, James Rowan responsible for the Waiheke Island wines, Dave Clouston making the Marlborough wines, and Grant Taylor crafting the Central Otago wines have had considerable success with the ‘Black Collection’ releases, many of them winning gold medals and trophies in wine shows. Mr reviews of these wines are also usually very positive, and they are a pleasure to anticipate to taste. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Westwood’ Rosé and 2015 ‘Revolver’ Merlot Blend, both from Waiheke Island, and the 2015 ‘McQueen’ Central Otago Pinot Noir.


  • SOHO ‘Westwood’ Waiheke Island Rosé 2016
  • SOHO ‘Revolver’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc 2015
  • SOHO ‘McQueen’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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