Babich Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2016$17.00
Sweet fruited with some minty Cabernet tang and nice oak.
Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2012$25.00
This wine was found to be tainted with cork spoilage and was withdrawn.
See note on how to deal with a corked wine (Wine blog)
Jacob’s Creek Grenache /Shiraz 2017$12.00
Nice, sweet, simple fruit with moderate weight at a good price.
Makaraka Merlot 2017$11.00
Ripe and sweet. Some complexity and nice balance. Very well priced.
Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016$20.00
Moderate intensity. Bright with lively aromas, dark fruit and some good aged notes.
Obikwa South Africa Merlot 2017$10.00
Very well priced but less fruity, light body and rather vegetal.