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Čuvar Iris Collection Malbec Merlot 2022, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Apr-2024
Deep ruby-red with a purple hue, faintly lighter on the rim. The nose is rich and opulent, with aromas of blackberry, plum, cigar, dark minerals and an amalgam of spice. Full-bodied, aromas of blackberry, plum interwoven pomegranate, cigar, dark minerals, cloves and star anise. The firm grip of fine-grained tannins reflects Gimblett Gravels and contributes a smoky mineral nuance; lively acidity refreshes the rich, fine-structured mouthfeel and lends a bold, long finish. Match with charred steak and braised shortribs over the next 5+ years. Fruit from Cornerstone vineyard in Gimblett Gravels, handpicked, destemmed, fermented in stainless steel to 13% alc, aged 14 months in French oak barriques. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2024 RRP $29.99

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