One of the iconic wineries in New Zealand, located in a quaint little town over the hill from Wellington. Picked up this bottle at the village’s wine centre on a rainy afternoon. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a bottle of wine like this on the eve of Chinese New Year without any of my loved ones around. Bright purplish red with a red cherry rim and thin pale meniscus. Floral, perfumed, ripe macerated red fruits and white pepper on the nose. Dark chocolate bits, cedar, tart black berries, black olives and five spice on the palate; tasty; savoury. Smooth ripe tannins. Medium to medium-plus acidity and finish. Has aging potential. Should be interesting to taste this again in 10 years time.