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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crawford Farm Merlot 2008 $NZ22.00

Phil Parker takes wine tours around Auckland New Zealand.

This is a blended Merlot from our best red wine region - Hawke's Bay. It picked up a Bronze in the Air NZ 2009 Wine Awards - one of out top NZ wine competitions.

And rightly so - a lovely ripe and soft Merlot with sweet cherry, plum, blackberry and a nice oaky/spicy finish.

The Kim Crawford name has gone through some major episodes over the years: from a scandal back in the 90s when a competition wine was found to be not what it claimed to be on the label (when he was winemaker for Coopers Creek) to launching his own label, then selling to Vincorp, then Vincorp being swallowed by Constellation USA who own Nobilo NZ. Crawford has nothing to do with the winemaking or promotion after a falling out with Constellation NZ.

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