Thursday, 09 June 2011.
2005 Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkes Bay
Perfumed, dark fruit nose, cool green touches of capsicum, ripe dark berries, smells quite thick, certainly inviting. Palate is settled, mostly blackberries, touch of spice. Texture was slightly disappointing, felt rather hollow in the middle; overall it was just a bit thin, lacks acidity and vibrancy. I dont think this showed its full potential.