Church Road 2007 Reserve Cabernet Merlot (Hawke's Bay)
Part of Pernod Ricard New Zealand, Church Road is a historic property dating back to the end of the 19th century, so it is a shame that the wines are not available in the U.S. The 2007 Reserve Cabernet Merlot features delicate scents of dried herbs and tea leaves allied to bold cassis and cherry fruit. It’s firm and slightly drying on the finish; give it until 2015…
Church Road 2008 Reserve Syrah (Hawke's Bay)
New Zealand’s largest wine company is still capable of turning out exciting, innovative wines from its boutique properties, like this example from Church Road. Bold cherry and stone-fruit flavors are accented by just a touch of peppery spice, but there’s plenty of volume in the mouth and dark cherries on the silky finish. Drink now–2015. Not imported.