Matariki Quintology (2001), my kiwi red wine pick for Wine Blogging Wednesdays Number 17

This edition of Wine Blogging Wednesdays gave me a little challenge. I looked around for red wines from New Zealand and besides Pinot Noir could not find much. I was glad to stumble upon the Quintology 2001 from Matariki Gimblett Road . Quintology This 5 grapes Bordeaux style blend combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Syrah. It offers a nice fruit forward with medium tannins and light oak. Even though it drinks very nicely right now. It will gain from a couple more years in the cellar.

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