Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
This is a fabulous red by any standard. Probably the only Zin' to leave the NZ shores and it's a beauty declared by Dermott (winemaker) the best he has ever made.
Aromas: Redcurrant, plum and boysenberry plus sweet vanilla and coconut.
Palate: Is a medium bodied wine with ripe fruit flavours, black cherry, boysenberry and loganberry plus a savoury note of leather. Excellent tannins are balanced by good acidity. A long length and a smooth finish.
Bottle Closure: Cork
Vinification: It is matured in seasoned American oak barrels for 18 months.
>> "Dense, ripe Zinfandel with classic cranberry/dark berry, spice and liquorice flavours plus a seasoning of spice/anise and a solid influence of American oak. A tad closed and hard to read at this stage but with obvious cellaring potential. The best local Zinfandel I’ve yet tasted."
-94 Points, Bob Campbell-
>> "A lovely elegant style, the delicately lifted bouquet shows nectarine, feijoa and lime zest with subtle nutty complexity. It is focused and finely textured on the palate, and offers gentle weight, beautifully framed by bright acidity. Wonderful structure and length. At its best: now to 2019."
-4****, Sam Kim-
>> "A top vintage of this extremely rare variety in New Zealand, the 2014 (4****) was estate-grown at Roys Hill, in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay, hand-picked, and matured for 18 months in seasoned American oak casks. Fragrant, with deep, youthful colour, it is medium-bodied, with strong, fresh, ripe plum/spice flavours, seasoned with sweet oak, and gentle tannins. It's drinking well now, but worth cellaring."
>> "Strongly varietal bouquet with aromas of fresh lemon, apple blossom and mild tropical fruits; a soft oak spice layer adds a layer of texture as well as harmony and mild complexity. Crisp, dry, fruity and mildly savory with flavors of citrus, apple and light tropical fruit; highish acidity and a long finish."
-4****, Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier)-