Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon Hawke's Bay 2010
Dark, rich and broody bouquet of Cabernet Sauvignon; black berry and cigar box; Black currant and bell-pepper; Olive and Oak - if you're into Cabernet then this wine will not disappoint. Remember though that New Zealand Cabernet is cool climate - so no jammy notes and sweet oak. On the palate - meaty, fruity, dry and broody - lots of Cabernet character and very masculine with pushy sweet tannins, medium+ acidity and a long finish. The oak is not shy and adds quite a toasty edge; big tannins with lots of texture.
Very much a food wine - cheese or something earthy/savory like a rich herbaceous lasagna with lots of cheese. Balanced, dry, medium+ length and complexity.
Yet another fine example from Mills Reef.