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"A supple & appealing wine that offers value at this price" Bob Campbell, MW

"Beautifully rounded, displays lovely weight backed by fine texture & chalky tannins" Wine Orbit

Pairs perfectly with barbecued herb-marinated lamb

Mystery Hawke's Bay Bordeaux Blend 2018

Member rating / 8
Elsewhere $26.00 $22.61
6 Btls, $113.94 6 Btls, $99.08

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Mystery Hawke's Bay Bordeaux Blend 2018

Mystery Hawke's Bay Bordeaux Blend 2018

Member rating / 8
A beautiful red blend of Merot 37%, Cabernet Franc 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%, and Malbec 9%...
Elsewhere $26.00 $22.61
6 Btls, $113.94 6 Btls, $99.08


Awarded 94/100 Points

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Apr 2021

Awarded 92/100 Points & 4 Stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jan 2021

Awarded 91/100 Points & 4.5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Feb 2021

Awarded 90/100 Points & 4 Stars

Bob Cambell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Jan 2021


  • Subtle oak
  • Black Doris plum
  • Spicy notes
  • Ripe tannins

"Intense, precise, varietal and powerful bouquet of cabernet with aromas of dark plum, black blackberry, tobacco and hay, roasted bell-pepper and earthy stone, clay and rocky earthy complexities. Bold, fruity, firm and dry on the palate with a core of fruit flavours that reflect the nose, plenty of tannins to add texture, complexity and mouthfeel. Acidity adds contrast to the core of fruit and length. Very young, but entirely drinkable today and through 2028+" Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Apr 2021

"A blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Ripe, soft and palatable red with attractively ripe berry and spicy oak flavours. A supple and appealing wine that offers value at this price" Bob Cambell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Jan 2021

"Attractively fruited and enticing, the bouquet shows spiced plum, thyme, cured meat and cedar characters. The beautifully rounded palate displays lovely weight and persistency backed by fine texture and chalky tannins, finishing long and flavoursome. A blend of 37% merlot, 32% cabernet franc, 22% cabernet sauvignon & 9% malbec. At its best: now to 2025" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Feb 2021

"Deep, ruby-black with some transparency, lighter ruby-red on the rim. The bouquet is gentle and fragrant, aromas of violet, red fruit with a hint of herbaceous melded with smoke and cedar. Full-bodied, flavours are elegantly presented with concentration, the nuance of plums, a little cassis, and red berries, which are succulent; unfolding sweet vanilla, cedar and nutmeg interweave rosemary and mint. Complexity and concentration on the palate, lengthy and breadth palate supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated acidity, lends a sustained cedary finish. This is a complex and harmonious red blend with a breadth palate and fine-grained structure. Match with roasted meat, tomahawk over the next 6+ years. Fruit from Bridge Pa, a blend of Merlot 37%, Cabernet Franc 32%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22% and Malbec 9%. Destemmed, fermented in closed fermenters to 14% alc, aged in barrels for up to 12 months" Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jan 2021

This blended red is a prime example of the style produced from gravel soils. The wine has scented Black Doris plum and blackberry with hints of baking spice, cedar. The palate shows dark fruits dominated by plum and blackberry with a full mid palate supported by firm, ripe tannins with a sumptuous finish. The oak influence is subtle and provides spicy notes and good structure.

A beautiful red blend of Merot 37%, Cabernet Franc 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%, and Malbec 9%. Planted on free draining red metal soils. The vines are managed with an open canopy to provide good airflow and exposure to sunlight. All the canopies are single cordon spur pruned.

All fruit is sorted with their state-of-the-art optical sorting machine and destemmed to closed fermenters. Cold soaking takes place before ferment, with fermentation taking approximately 10 days with regular pump overs to optimise colour, flavour and tannin. Daily assessment of flavour and structure determines when we press. The must is pressed when maximum flavour is achieved. They then keep each batch and variety separate during barrel maturation for up to 12 months. The wine is blended and fined then filtered just prior to bottling.

This wine will continue to age gracefully for several years. Ideal drinking from 2020 to 2028.


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Great value

Andrew - 13/07/2021

Delicious red, very good value.

Cecilia Anne - 08/07/2021

A stunning discovery so far after only 1/2 bottle consumed. My best red wine discovery in past few years!

Lauchlan - 29/03/2021

Haven't tried this wine yet.

Brett - 16/07/2021

Nice bordeaux blend from a specialist red winemaker. Ready to drink now. Dark, ripe and fruity with a hint of oak, long savoury finish. 2nd box!

Dave - 11/05/2021

A nice smooth, full bodied red with good concentration.

Lee - 30/08/2021


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