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George Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc

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Inspiration

John Carter Senior started importing corks in 1973. In special vintages we bottle a small amount of our Waiheke wines under cork to commemorate this. A series inspired by the Carter grandchildren, first off the rank is GEORGE the eldest grandchild.

Winemaker

James Rowan

Region

Jomara Vineyard, Waiheke Island

Spec

Merlot 65%, Malbec 29%, Cabernet Franc 6%

Tasting Note

This outstanding Merlot Blend is inspired by the eldest grandchild of SOHO, George Carter. Impressively handsome, a harmonious amalgamation of stunning fruit, stylish oak & layers of integral texture. Ripe dark berries meld with cigar & chocolate to create a sweetly bound silky palate brimming with heart & charm. George’s coronation is one to be treasured.

5 stars
95 points

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

review

A flatteringly classy Bordeaux-style red; the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, blackcurrant, cigar, floral and cedary oak characters, leading to a succulent palate that is concentrated and wonderfully flavoursome. It is powerful yet elegant, delivering layers of delectable flavours and fine texture, leading to an impressively long graceful finish.

5 stars
18.5 out of 20 points

Raymond Chan

review

Full, dark, deep black-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is deeply concentrated and packed with a firm core of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit along with subtle notes of earth and minerals, unfolding curranty fruit with pencilly oak detail. This has impressive density. Medium- full bodied, the palate has a richly concentrated and lusciously packed core of ripe blackberry fruit with black plums, iron-earth complexities, minerals, unveiling black and redcurrant fruit with subtle pencilly oak. The fruit is firmly extracted and there is considerable fine-grained tannin extraction lending mouthfilling texture and grip. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries to a long, sustained finish. This is a concentrated and intensely packed Merlot- blend with ripe black fruits and earthy, minerally complexities on a well-structured palate.