There can be few places associated with the development of New Zealand wine that has such unique historical significance as Mission Estate Winery. Established in 1851, Mission Estate is New Zealand's oldest winemaker. Over 150 years of experience and passion have culminated in the current collection of Mission Estate, Vineyard Selection, Reserve and Jewelstone award winning wines. Grapes are sourced predominantly from Hawke's Bay, with modern viticulture and winemaking techniques practiced to ensure the long-standing reputation for quality is maintained.
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Merlot-Cabernet Franc 'Jewelstone', Mission Estate Single Vineyard, 2010The Gimblett Gravels region in the famed Hawke’s Bay has become one of New Zealand’s fine wine regions with some wines outclassing several Bordeaux First Growths. The 2009 vintage of this wine did just that at a blind tasting in Hong Kong and at less than half the Jewelstone’s modest price too.
The 2010 vintage is just as good however you’ll find it more in the style of Pomerol than Médoc. Aged mostly in (expensive) new oak this seriously good red is ripe, rich and smooth.
Leads off with cedar and vanilla notes, but develops plenty of dark, chocolaty flavours on the palate, giving a sense of richness and depth. It's up there with the world's best. Decant and enjoy on special occasions. Learn More£29.50