2010 William Murdoch The Guardsman, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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The original William Murdoch, grandfather of current owner Brett W Murdoch, served in the Coldstream Guards, hence the name of this flagship bottling in homage. A rich vibrant and complex Bordeaux blend, albeit predominantly cabernet sauvignon, full of smooth supple gracious fruit with charming, ripe blackcurrant flavours. It is a big wine with plenty of muscle, but Jenny Dobson’s Bordeaux background shows in the strength of the backbone – she’s not looking for exuberant fruit. Drink 2015 - 2020. Jasper Morris MW, New Zealand Buyer, June 2013