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  • A ripe Cabernet based blend from the esteemed Tantalus Estate.
  • Plush, juicy fruit sweetness underlined by fine-grained tannins & oak structure.
  • Aged for 12 months in 100% new French oak barriques.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Purple-Red
Nose A big, broad aroma of violets, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, with light notes of spice.
Palate Full, rich, mouth-filling flavours of blackcurrant and black cherry notes, underpinned by dried herbs, fresh mint, toast and tar.
Food Pairing
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes A ripe Cabernet based blend from the esteemed Tantalus Estate. Plush, juicy fruit sweetness underlined by fine-grained tannins & oak structure. Aged for 12 months in 100% new French oak barriques.
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Waiheke Island
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is renowned for producing world-class red wines and more recently white wines as well.

Waiheke has become known as New Zealand's "island of wine," home to a dedicated group of winegrowers who have successfully matched the maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character.

The climate is well suited to growing Bordeaux wine-type grapes, though some Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc varieties are also considered to be good.

Waiheke winegrowers regularly win awards for Syrah (Kennedy Point's 2007 Syrah won best Syrah in the world in 2009), proving the island's terroir suits it well.
5/5
points
Raymond Chan
Full, even, very dark ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and broad with voluminous and solidly-packed aromas of very ripe blackberry and plum fruit, along with a little portiness, entwined with plenty of nutty and pencilly oak. along with nuances spice and earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with plush, mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberry fruit, along with blackcurrants and cassis liqueur, plus black plums, all underlaid by spicy, nutty oak. The fruit sweetness is underlined by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction lending plenty of structure and grip. The wine has good acid energy, carrying the flavours to a long, plush, juicy finish. This is a rich, ripe plummy-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon-based red with mouthfilling flavours, plenty of oak and considerable structure. Match with roasted game meats and casseroles over the next 8-10+ years. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot and 5% Malbec, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 100% new French oak barriques.
5/5
points
Michael Cooper
90
points
Robert Parker
95
points
Bob Campbell MW
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and malbec. Cabernet rules with a classic cedar, cigar box, blackberry, cassis and black olive flavours, together with a suggestion of fresh herbs. A complex red with power and potential

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