Hawke’s Bay Region, New Zealand, 2010, *$13.00 for 750 ml, 13.5% Alc.
It has been a while, I know! This is partly due to the fact that my husband and I have been working in a rather remote, undeveloped country in the South Pacific where wine is anything but cheap! So, I’m forced to break my ten-dollar-rule, hence the asterisk above. The other note on the price is that, although the local cost translates to approximately thirteen USD, I imagine a bottle might cost slightly less elsewhere on the globe.
So, how was it? I enjoyed this Merlot-Cab blend quite a bit. I wouldn’t say it is vastly superior to less expensive wines (Lindemans comes immediately to mind) but it is still a good deal. I also found the blend of varietals nicely balanced. I’ve no idea what percentage of each goes into a vat, but it had just enough tannin to keep a grip on the smooth, easy Merlot flavor. None of this satisfied me in the wine-notes department, however. I wanted something interested and fun to say! Alas, my muse failed me. The label describes the wine as showing “blends of ripe plum and berry fruits with a well balance, generous palate.” That’s a bit generic, but true enough, I suppose. It is also a fact that this blend goes excellently with shrimp pesto pizza, if anyone is interested.
Bottom line: This is a solid choice bound to please most red-wine drinkers who actually judge a drink on its merits and not on fancy prices.
Wine’s Website: http://www.matua.co.nz