has judged wine professionally in twelve countries, contributes regularly to wine publications around the world and has lectured on wine in many countries. His speciality is New Zealand wine which he reviews from an international perspective. He gained his Master of Wine qualification in 2000.
Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke's Bay NZ Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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Classy Cabernet Sauvignon in an elegant style that reflects classic varietal traits of cedar wood, blackberry and a subtle mintness. The flavours are supported by fine tannins that give a pleasantly drying finish and assure bottle development potential. This is the best example of a pure New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon I can recall tasting.
Tasted: Jul 2009 Closure: S'cap Average price: NZD $40 (~USD $34)
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