The Sticks Cabernet Merlot 2020, Hawke’s Bay 

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-May-2022
Deep, full, purple with a ruby-red core, lighter on edge. The nose is full and vibrant, with aromas of red berries, cassis, and blackberries melded with toasty oak spice. Full-bodied, aromas of strawberries, cassis and blackberries are enriched by a firm yet smooth tannin grip, followed by clove and nutmeg. The fruit is forward, supported by lively acidity; firm and grainy tannin provided a strong frame and mouthfeel. This approachable Cabernet Merlot blend shows the depth of fruit and compliments the tannin structure. Match with Wagyu burger and short ribs over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 62% Cabernet, 23% Merlot and 15% Malbec, aged in seasoned French oak barriques, underwent full MLF. 17/20 pts (85 pts) May 2022 RRP $20

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