Clearview Estate Winery ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay 2015 Hawkes Bay
Bold, youthful, oaky and very expressive bouquet with aromas of new wood, vanilla, peach, nectarine, raw brown sugar, some butterscotch ideas and saline moments. On the palate – equally youthful, bold and expressive with powerful flavours of roasted stone fruits – nectarine, peach; apple, wood spice and wood flavours; full bodied, plenty of acidity, salinity and baked cashew nut. Long quivering finish. Drink now for sure, but will age easily for the next 5 to 15 years if stored well.95 Points
Clearview Estate Winery ‘Enigma’ Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec 2015 Hawkes Bay
Concentrated, powerful and very specific with bold black fruit aromas including black berry and black currant, black cherry and chocolate plum; dark oak spices of clove, bacon and vanilla; dry stone soil suggestions and a warming alcohol moment. On the palate full-bodied, dry concentrated and rich in flavours of black fruits, oak and toasty wood spices. Big tannins and acidity and long complex finish. As the wine continues to develop over the next few years it is best served with bold and flavourful high protein dishes. Decant for service. Best from 2020 through 2030+.
Clearview Estate Winery ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Pinot Noir 2016 Hawkes Bay
Bright, fruity, varietal and red fruited bouquet with aromas and flavours of cranberry and red cherry, a little red plum and strawberry; fine tannins, medium+ acidity, moderate weight and totally drinkable. An easy approach to the oak with a light brown spice layer and mild nutty quality. Balanced, fresh and well made with a light saline note and moderate+ length. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.
Clearview Estate Winery ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Merlot 2016 Hawkes Bay
Very fruity and forward bouquet with ripe and punchy dark red plum and blue fruit aromas, dark spices and warming blueberry pie ideas. On the palate – dry, very fruity and packed with ripe plum and dark berry fruit flavours, moderate to very easy tannins, medium+ (ish) acidity, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.
Clearview Estate Winery ‘Old Olive Block’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Merlot 2015 Hawkes Bay
A sophisticated and quite complex bouquet reflecting aromas of violets, bell-pepper, dark berries, blackberry, spicy plum, some chocolate and olive notes, toasty spices and dark brown sugar suggestions. On the palate – dry, bold, fruity and quite concentrated with flavours of blackberry, dark plum, toasty oak spices, firm youthful tannins and acidity to match. A delicious example that expands its flavours as it opens-up on the palate; lengthy youthful finish. Drink now if decanted, best drinking from 2020 through 2030.92 Points