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    2018 Craggy Range Te Kahu Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

    Hawkes Bay, NEW ZEALAND
    $32. 99 Bottle
    $395.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin
    A blend of 53% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot matured in French oak barriques (20% new) for 17 months. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red black tinged hue. Red to blackcurrant and mulberry aromas are complimented by black olive, cigar box and subtle spicy capsicum like notes. Very elegant, the palate sees red to black currant and mulberry flavours meld into elements of black olive, cigar box, dried herbs and spice. Dryish finish with grainy tannins imparting a slightly grippy feel. Light, refined medium length aftertaste.
    Cellar 5-6 years.
    Alc. 13%

    Other Reviews….
    This has a very rich plum nose with mulberry and well-integrated, spicy French-oak character. The palate has such well-judged balance and even shape. Super fresh and vibrant red plums and mulberries abound. The tannins are so smooth and layered. A thoroughly respectable Kiwi claret! A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
    94 points
    JamesSuckling.com


    Sophisticated, with touches of black walnut liqueur, kirsch and spicy tobacco. Cardamom, blueberry and cedar notes linger, with dense, toothsome tannins. Fragrant and balanced on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035.
    92 points
    Wine Spectator