Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Merlot blend is a cracking wine. Especially because it has a few years under its belt. Intense but smooth. This is a wine that offers not only great flavour but great value for money. Added to the fact that it has bottle age, it is a great find for the price. Drink the Wild Rock Hawkes Bay now and enjoy it.
Wild Rock is the second label of Craggy Range – one of the great producers in terms of volume and quality of New Zealand. The Wild Rock wines tend to be made in a more accessible and drink now style, but they do not lack the quality of finesse that makes the Craggy Range wines so desirable. In fact, I think occasionally you get wines the winemakers can make without expectation and they are the most exciting wines of all.
A flagship region of the North Island of New Zealand. The terroirs can be quite diverse allowing producers to excel at Cabernet (and blends), Syrah and Chardonnay.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long-term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
You are most likely to find Malbec in Argentina rather than its native South West France. A minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. Intense, tannic, dark-fruited wines with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat.