2020 Fine Wine Delivery Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet

Sensational Export Cancellation CLEARANCE - $16.99 for a Rolls Royce production, $40.00 Reserve Merlot Cabernet, from the opulent 2020 Hawkes Bay vintage.

Elsewhere $40.00

$15.99 on Case buys (12 bottles)

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Brand Fine Wine Delivery
Region Hawkes Bay
Varietal Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 14.0%
Vintage 2020
Country New Zealand


A thrilling Export Cancellation... a Rolls Royce production $40.00 Reserve Merlot Cabernet CLEARING well below cost at an unmissable $16.99. Disguised under our trusted “Fine Wine Delivery” label... we cannot reveal the identity of this icon Hawkes Bay winery and the special terroir it is located on... we are sworn to secrecy. Bound for export... the International Buyer defaulted... regular occurrence in these globally volatile markets. This 1500 dozen cancellation has a significant impact on cashflow. We agreed to CLEAR it all under our Fine Wine Delivery label... which we use in emergency circumstances where it is critical to keep a high-profile winery’s identity secret from a spectacularly discounted price – it takes years to build a reputation for quality and premium pricing... it can be quickly eroded via one mega discount CLEARANCE deal. It is Rolls Royce production all the way with the fruit off densely planted older Estate vines handpicked into small bins... then hand sorted at the winery to ensure only the best grapes are selected. Traditional Basket Pressing achieves gentle extraction of concentrated juice. It is hand plunged during and post fermentation to achieve perfect extraction of tannin, colour and flavour... then aged in French oak barriques for 18-months. A separate portion of production is retained for several years in the winery’s cellar to be released as a premium aged wine. The stars are aligned for our customers accessing this opulent 2020 vintage Reserve Merlot Cabernet offered at a striking $23/bottle off... a massive saving of $276.00 dozen. Hop into your local bottle shop or supermarket and buy a red for $16.99... I can assure you it won’t taste anything like this Rolls Royce production. Red wine lovers normally buying this wine under its “Reserve Label” ... do so largely with the intent of aging it to enjoy over 5-10 years. Disguised under our Fine Wine Delivery label at $16.99 ... you’re able to enjoy its sophistication and style a lot more regularly. Savour with a nice cut of steak or roast beef/lamb ... roast vegetable dishes ... hard cheeses and charcuterie... the options are plentiful.


Opulent aromas of blackcurrant leaf, dark chocolate, dark plum, hints of fresh tobacco leaves, savoury spice and an earthy complexing thread taking this wine to next level.


Beautifully plush, rich red with dark berry fruits and the vibrancy of freshly picked blackcurrants. The finely clinging tannins have a mouthcoating presence, in tandem with balanced acidity. A superb embrace for the dense layers of fruit and cedar led oak complexities. Big, beautifully constructed Right Bank Bordeaux style Merlot Cabernet showing early charm, but set to age well through 2025-2030.

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43 Customer Reviews

Outstanding. Just opened my last bottle, went to buy more and alas…. Premium Bordeaux qualities

4th February 2024 | Guy Littlejohn
20th February 2023 | David

As always the fine wine branded wine is great. Will always buy a few bottles to try. In this case I bought a couple dozen

14th December 2022 | Chris

A great drop, that is easy to drink and turns a boring Tuesday evening into something delightful

4th November 2022 | Jane Grant
29th October 2022 | eric

Very very smooth red at a wonderful price. We’ve ordered more!

22nd August 2022 | Karen Avison

An absolute bargain for this superb quality!

20th August 2022 | Raymond

I'm surprised there's still stock available. I've now bought three and a half cases. There's no better NZ wine at this price. An excellent vintage - this wine is going to age well. You'd be foolish not to buy any.

13th August 2022 | Peter Saunders

Realy enjoyed this Wine at a great price, smooth, mouth coating flavours especialy on the top pallet. will buy again

31st July 2022 | Jonathan Spain

The real deal, classic quality merlot carbernet, rich and oaky

28th July 2022 | Andrew

Once again the 'Fine Wine' label delivers! Lovely blackberry with cedar and light smoke. Lovely to drink now, but will be great in a few years, if any bottles last that long.

28th July 2022 | Rob

Smooth and accessible - great value

28th July 2022 | Alan Merry

Fantastic wine for the price, will be ordering some more.

27th July 2022 | Laura V

Unbelievable value, the smoothness of the merlot shows through. Good body. Would definitely buy again to enjoy before and with dinner.

26th July 2022 | Lionel Mickell

Very very nice wine at an unbelievable price. Have bought more

26th July 2022 | Graeme Wight

I was pleasantly surprised with the flavours of this wine. ? Have always been sceptical about some of these deals but I am so happy I decided too ?.

26th July 2022 | Shane H

This was a real lovely surprise. I dont usually go for merlot (even in combination) but this ticked the box for me with lovely light touch but still with that merlot/cab oomph

26th July 2022 | Jonathan Rudge

This is a well put together wine. Dark berry fruit notes with a touch of acid. Very typical Bordeaux style. Great with steak or meat dishes. Will be buying more !

26th July 2022 | Dave Smith

Delicious wine with all the qualities you want from a Merlot Cabernet! Can tell it's a bit young though so I think the cellaring suggestion will produce an outstanding wine!

26th July 2022 | Lynelle Olson

I have to say that the label does no favors for this wine. At all!!! It does serve well as a disguise for sophistication and shyness. It does not speak of the depth without heaviness. It does not mention the quiet linger as you draw the wine in. It's reserved status is present, and gives the wine promise for even better things. Already it is drinking well, although it benefits from some 'wine love' prior to consuming.

26th July 2022 | Johannes Van Kan

Another great value deal from Fine Wine!! If I'd paid $40 per bottle I couldn't be disappointed. but paying less than half that I'm ecstatic!! Have gone back for more, and so have the friends we shared a bottle with at dinner recently.

26th July 2022 | MATTHEW H CARROLL

It is what it says on the box. Charming now so I'm cellaring it for a few years and it will be glorious. And at that price, stupendous.

26th July 2022 | Patricia Thomas

Very good value - I love these releases from FWDCo and buy almost every single one of them. The wine is intriguing on the nose, one to be sure to enjoy a few inhales before tasting. On the palate it is soft, plush with rich dark berry fruits and soft tannins. I bought 18 bottles and am glad I did so. Cheers!

26th July 2022 | Jacky Qiu

A lovely wine for the price. Lighter than I expected for a Hawkes Bay Cab/Merlot but good fruit so should age well.

26th July 2022 | Keith Mackenzie

This is a well balanced full body Cabernet Merlot blend. Especially for the price! Decanted and served with friends who know their wines and they all complimented the flavours.

26th July 2022 | Luke

Delish but be more delish in 2 years

25th July 2022 | Sherie Wright

Will definitely benefit from further cellaring, but there is plenty to like about this wine - plenty on the nose and plenty in the mouth... perfect for a quiet night in on a wet and windy night!

25th July 2022 | John Corban

Pretty good for such a young red! It would develope the depth of flavours if left in the bottle for another year! Shame that won't happen in our house ?

25th July 2022 | Chrissy Van Hassel

When you buy a case, try a bottle and order a second case straight away it says it all! I've recommended this Merlot Cabernet to friends and am most happy to serve it as our house red. This really is a bargain - value for money - 5 glasses from me.

25th July 2022 | Grant McSherry

Excellent, drinking. Full-bodied vut not heavy with a fresh finish. Will order more

25th July 2022 | Peter Laurent

Sensational taste and price. This wine is big, plush and beautiful. The price does not meet the quality.

25th July 2022 | Barb Cornor

Delicious and easy to drink. Exceptional for this price point.

25th July 2022 | Zane

Pleasantly surprised when I tasted this one recently after buying a couple of bottles initially. Excellent value and this is a quality Hawkes Bay red wine - worth the experimenting! Have repurchased again since.

25th July 2022 | Stuart

Excellent value exactly as stated - shared with friends and family over venison roast dinner.

25th July 2022 | Brian Nicholls

This is a smooth Red that displays great value for money. It is easy drinking but also rich flavour to sip slowly. Full recommend

25th July 2022 | Tim

Bright, deep garnet with persistent tears. We found fig and rich red fruit. In the mouth there is a leather taste that was not immediately present on the nose. A little sour, but otherwise well balanced with a savoury finish and soft tannins. Worth decanting an hour before drinking. Enjoy ?

25th July 2022 | Matt Day

There is always a sense of anticipation when you purchase a wine under a hidden label. This was certainly no disappointment as it proved to be silky smooth and oh, so drinkable.

25th July 2022 | Geoff Bennett

Amazingly delicious wine & hard to believe the price!

25th July 2022 | Karyn Grindlay

Very good value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed.

25th July 2022 | A Rogers

Very good value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed.

25th July 2022 | A Rogers

Amazing quality for the price!

25th July 2022 | G O'Connor

A very drinkable wine now with promise, worth cellaring I think

25th July 2022 | Roy Maddox

Fantastic wine, rolls royce description is spot on. Drinks well now but will only improve, double down, some for now some for 4-5yrs time.

25th July 2022 | Greg McMaster
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