I’m enjoying this wine. It’s superbly polished and sleek, with a seductive personality, fusing lush, ripe ‘New World’ fruit with the freshness and definition of the ‘Old World’. It’s not the most complex wine ever, but it is incredibly drinkable. It’s the ideal wine for serving to a broad spectrum of drinkers. There’s enough interest here for the wine geek to enjoy it, and it’s so smooth and friendly that the average punter could really get on with it. And it has this broad appeal without being spoofy.
And a note about Hawkes Bay. It should definitely be without the apostrophe, in my opinion. Makes life easier for everyone.
Kaituna Hills Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2010 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Sweet, ripe, pure blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very smooth and seductive with smooth texture and fine-grained tannins. Yet it avoids being sweet and spoofy. Stylish and accessible, this is a real crowd pleaser. Impressive winemaking. 88/100 (£9.49 Marks & Spencer)