Church Bay Reserve Bordeaux blend 2020, Waiheke Island 

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 25-Jun-2021
Deep ruby-red with a deep purple hue, lighter edged. The nose is softly full with some depth, nuances of cassis, blackberries and purple plums interweave menthol and cedar. Full-bodied, a core of plums, cassis, blackberries with good ripeness melded with barrels spices, subtle menthol and cedar nuances. The palate is filled with fine-grained tannin, provides a firm yet velvety grip; acidity is integrated with good freshness. This is a tasty Bordeaux blend with ripe fruit, balanced acidity and a velvety-firm tannin grip. Match with braised beef short ribs and meat stew over the next 6+ years. Aged in predominantly French oak for 10 months, 14.4% alc. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) June 2021 RRP $37.99 

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