Unison Reserve Merlot 2008 13.5% Hawke's Bay
N: This wine has embedded Hawke's Bay 'Terroir' - stony, dry river bed, clay and gravel suggestions. The fruit is all plum and black-boy peach with a few darker berries for good measure. The oak is quite obvious, but a welcome addition alongside other bouquet attributes of roasted vanilla pod and toasted Vogels bread.
P: Still very young with its bold tannin statement - with time however the already strong fruit flavors will add further balance to the fine powdery tannins. The finish is quite long. This wine would make a great addition to a 'by the glass' program as it would suit many boldly flavored foods: An easy match to pasta with braised meats. 4 Stars.