Esk Valley The Hillside Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2013 Hawkes Bay
Intense bouquet, bold and expressive with aromas of baked blackberry and roasted Doris plum, sweet olive and toasty woody baking spices; complex and intriguing. Complex and concentrated on the palate; dry, full-bodied flavours with a core of fruit and noticeable toasty oak flavours. Ripe intense tannins with chalky mealy textures, medium+ acidity and long persistent finish. A great example of the future of Hawkes Bay blended red wine. Decant for service. Best from 2023 through 2033.