Dense ruby red rim with opaque black core. Intense concentrated aromas of blackberries, ripe black currents, liquorice, smoky bacon, tobacco leaf and new leather. Intense and concentrated with layers of ripe blackberry, Black Doris plum, fruit cake, chocolate, savoury bacon and liquorice. A full silky tannin structure and perfectly balanced acidity complement the spicy oak. Powerful and elegant with a remarkable longlasting finish. The Rapaura Reserve Merlot has won gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards over the last two years. It is medium-bodied with lush flavours and a full, supple tannin structure. Drinking beautifully from the outset, this wine can be enjoyed young or, with careful cellaring, will mature into a fuller, more complex wine that can be enjoyed for the next 8-10 years or beyond. An ideal match with seared eye fillet steak or venison.