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Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
Squawking Magpie<br>2013 Big Red Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay
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Tasting Notes

Bold and powerful on the palate with layers of black fruits, ground nutmeg, and cedar. Classical, fine and slightly austere, youthful Cabernet tannins give definition, depth, and distinction to this great Cabernet blend. A surge of flavors on the finish ensure the memory of the wine remains lingering on the palate. The 2013 growing season was the true Goldilocks season. Everything was “just right” and the grapes made perfectly balanced wines that showed approachability from the fermenting vat onwards. A perfect accompaniment to game bird pie, mushroom and duck risotto, and braised lamb shank with garlic mash. 

 

"This is the wine to select when the boss comes for dinner and you need to impress." - Cameron Douglas (MS). 
 

Style
  • 93 pts Wine Enthusiast
  • 93 pts Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
  • 89 pts Wine Spectator
  • Double Gold 2017 San Francisco Wine Festival
Varietal

  • 56% Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 33% Merlot 
  • 11% Cabernet Franc 
     

ABV

13

Serving Temperature

60-65°

Drinking Window

Now - 2035

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New Zealand is an astonishing country. It’s raw and rugged, serene and beautiful. The winemakers have harnessed these natural surroundings and created some of the finest wines you’ve never heard of. New Zealand Wine Navigator brings a curated selection of premium labels to the United States for you to enjoy now or to cellar. Squawking Magpie is one of our favourites.

ABOUT SQUAWKING MAGPIE

Squawking Magpie is a boutique label hailing from the celebrated soils of the Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand. Here they believe that to create great wine, a hands on approach and a whole lot of TLC in the vineyard is vital….. and it shows! The wines possess elegance and finesse, you can taste place, not just wine, in the glass. It’s all the elements of the winemaking process before the grapes even become wine. The sunshine hours, the climate, soils, sustainable growing and terrain of the single vineyard. Without a doubt, Squawking Magpie delivers on his promise to create exceptional quality wines worthy of fine food and great company.

Winemaker Jenny Dobson returned to New Zealand after a career in France and now works with selected properties.

Squawking Magpie wines are proudly distributed by New Zealand Wine Navigator, importer of hand picked, premium, family estate New Zealand wines.