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 Trust Vineyard Hawke's Bay NZ Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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Wines made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon are a rarity in New Zealand. The grapes were hand-picked from the winery’s own vineyard in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels district and given a period of “cold soak” prior to fermentation to enhance fruit intensity. Dense and powerful wine with a deep, dark colour and brooding berry, liquorice, spice flavours. Although the wine is fairly closed the strong tannins are ripe and not at all hard. Very serious red with plenty of cellaring potential.
Tasted: May 2010 Closure: S'cap Average price: NZD $40 (~USD $33)
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