2014

SQM Cabernets / Merlot 2014

Dense ripe blueberry and black cherry aromas with violets and savoury highlights of finely crushed dried herbs. Bold and powerful on the palate with layers of black fruits, ground nutmeg and cedar.

Classical, fine and slightly austere, youthful Cabernet tannins give definition, depth an distinction to this great Cabernet blend. A surge of flavours on the finish ensure the memory of the wine remains lingering on the palate.  In its youth now through 2035.

13.8% Alc

 

Awards / Ratings

  • 97 Points – Cameron Douglas MS
  • 96 Points – Bob Campbell MV
  • 96 Points,  19+/20 – Candice Chow
  • 94 Points – Andrew Caillard MW

$79.00 NZD

Reviews

Made with the two Cabernets and Merlot aromas reveal a focused and concentrated complexity with a core of fresh and baked black fleshed fruits, violets and sweet new wood scents. On the palate there’s an equal and powerful concentration of fruit surrounded by an abundance finely polished tannins, vibrant sweet acidity and layers of smoky oak, gravelly earthy qualities and long complex finish. This is a young wine still with plenty of development time ahead. If drinking before 2024 then decant and service with food. Ideal drinking from 2026 through 2034+

– Cam Douglas – 97 Points

Deep ruby-red with density, soften ruby on the rim. The nose is softly full and alluring, aromas of cedar, pencil shavings melded with menthol, cassis, red berry mix and spice liftings. Full-bodied, succulent aromas of red berries, cassis presented with purity, adorn by menthol and currant leaves; the palate grows with cedar, pencil shavings and an amalgam of barrel spices. The fruit is bright and pure, support by mouthwatering acidity; barrel complexity and age development go hand in hand in harmony. This elegant Cabernets/ Merlot blend from an excellent vintage displays pristine fruit, and smart oak use left a powerful finish. Match with Beef wellington and flintstone steak over the next 10+ years. A blend of 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12.5% Cabernet Franc sourced from Gimblett Gravels, handpicked, fermented in small open-top vats to 14% alc, basket pressed to French oak barrels, aged for 18 months, 33% new oak.

– Candice Chow – 96 Points, 19+ / 20

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