Soljans Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 Hawke's Bay
Best of the West:
A medium bodied wine, being predominantly fruit driven with powerful secondary and tertiary characters coming through. Red plum and savoury boysenberry are dominant on the nose, with the oak giving an earthy spice. The palate is smooth and structured with black cherry, cedar and Christmas cake spices, hints of vanilla and toasted coconut too. Fine tannins and a good acidity make this wine lovely to drink now, but short term cellaring would be rewarded.