Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 points- The 2017 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is 66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, a bit more Merlot and Franc than the 2016 and dropping Malbec and Petit Verdot entirely. Aged in only 20% new oak, it features gentle cedar and vanilla hints accenting notes of tobacco and black cherries on the nose, followed by a ripe, medium-bodied feel on the palate.
From the winemaker-
Tasting Notes- Deepest crimson red. Brooding aromatically with notes of cassis, black olive, dried tobacco and the faintest hint of caramel. The wine has a lovely focus on the palate with dark fruits framed by fine tannins to deliver a classical structure with an excellent future ahead.
Vintage Detail- Warm and dry summer, wet final ripening period
Varietals- 66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc