An amalgam of rich, ripe, dark fruit is overlaid with beguiling, lifted aromatics including violet, sandalwood and cedar with hints of dried woody herbs. In contrast to these lifted elements, subtle notes of cacao, vanilla and dried currant bring a luxuriousness to the aroma and flavour profile. Structurally the wine leads with beautiful fruit weight and richness across the mid palate, typical of good Hawke’s Bay Merlot. The firm, powdery tannins and excellent structural length of the Cabernet Sauvignon keeps the plushness of the Merlot in check, but the latter retains control. The overall balance between these two elements provides a rounded, seamless feel across the palate and a sense of subtle, lithe power without excessive heaviness.