Clearview Estate Winey ‘Old Olive Block’ 2015 Hawkes Bay
Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Malbec and Merlot
Ripe, dark red berry fruits led bouquet with blackberry and black currant, herbaceous with a hay and baked capsicum layer, sweet tobacco, dark oak spices of clove and vanilla, plum and even a note of chocolate – overall quite complex and very engaging. On the palate – full-bodied, rich, fruity, oaky and dry; a combination that fires well; firm youthful tannins, ripe berry fruit flavours, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Will take some time to integrate the various attributes of this wine with best drinking from 2020 through 2035 – if stored well.
Clearview Estate Winey ‘Enigma’ 2015 Hawkes Bay
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec
Powerful bouquet with a floral and fruit led concentration – aromas of violets then plum, blackberry and boysenberry; dark spices from the kitchen cabinet, plenty of oak with a toasty and engaging presence; complex. On the palate – spicy, fruity, oaky, dry, flavourful with plums, violets, dark berries and cacao oak; plenty of tannins and acidity will carry this for some years along with the core of fruit. Drink now if decanted or from 2020 through 2035.