2019 Radburnd Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
In stock
A sophisticated Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet from one of the region's most established hands. This label offer the finest quality produced by veteren winemaker Kate Radburnd, who offers a lithe and elegant red with delicately bright fruit and polished, food-freindly tannins. A quietly serious wine to decant now or cellar, the Kate Radburnd Merlot Cab is a serious new label.
$80.99 in mixed 6+ or $89.99 per bottle


60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Origins

Kate came to New Zealand after graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia in 1983. Her first job was with Vidal, part of the Villa Maria Group, where she learnt all the ropes of winemaking and fell in love with New Zealand cool climate wines. In 1991 she joined Pask Winery as Head Winemaker. During her acclaimed 26-year tenure, Kate became joint owner and Managing Director, before leaving to launch Radburnd Cellars in 2017.

What The Critics Say

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Intense, seamless red from a stellar vintage. It shows old-vine density with a silken texture and berry, spice, floral, violet and classy French oak. A wine of subtlety, with impressive underlying power demonstrated by a lingering finish. Kate Radburnd claims it will age beautifully. I agree." Drink 2022 - 2039

96/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Another benchmark from Kate Radburnd. Made with 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon delivering a bouquet of baking spices and dark plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco. A layer of leesy savoury complexity adds breadth and depth. Youthful too with a fresh appeal and violet lift. Classic flavours and textures on the palate with a core of ripe soft plum fruits cushioned my oak sweetness and fine tannin structure. The cabernet delivers the muscle and power with a stony mineral core and flavours of dark berries then violet and olive. Very lengthy finish, this wine’s a keeper. Great drinking today and through 2034+."

96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"Sweetly ripe and splendidly complex with blackcurrant, Black Doris plum, green olive, floral and cedar nuances, it’s gorgeously refined in the mouth displaying fine texture and polished tannins. Classically styled with sophistication, structure and persistence. At its best: 2024 to 2035. $85.00. www.radburndcellars.co.nz. March 2022." Drink 2024 - 2035

Variety Cabernet Merlot Blend
Region Hawkes Bay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2022 - 2039

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



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