2014 Easthope Moteo Merlot
Rod Easthope in Hawke's Bay broke with the traditional wine establishment in 2012 when he resigned from his role as Chief Winemaker at Craggy Range to make wine for the UK based crowdfunded wine business Naked Wines. As well as sending wine to adoring fans in the UK, Australia and USA he also makes wine under the label Easthope Family Winegrowers where he farms his own vineyards and utilizes stunning old vine HB vineyards to create masterful wines. While his wines can be described as natural (some, like this Merlot bottled with zero sulphur), I doubt Rod would describe them this. To me this is one of the finest 100% merlot wines I have tasted in years - powerful, structured and complete.