Crossroads Talisman 2009 (6 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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Our signature wine, Talisman, is a secret blend known only to our winemaker, a unique embodiment of the very best wine our Hawke’s Bay vineyards have to offer.

The secret blend of varieties creates rare complexity and harmony in our Talisman wine. This seamless interplay of different varietal flavours brings the palate to life, while supple, focused tannins frame the long finish. This is a wine you can enjoy on release or cellar for up to a decade.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

“Made from an unspecified blend of grape varieties that change from year to year. Dense, brooding but accessible red with chocolate, plum, dark berry, licorice, mixed spice and dried fruit flavours. Complex and classy red. Rating 94 - Bob Campbell (SEP/2011)

“The flagship wine for Crossroads' first vintage in 1994. It is a secret blend of six varieties, the very best fruit available to the company; and the proportions vary each vintage. The fruit sources are Crossroads' vineyards at Fernhill, the Gimblett Gravels and Mangatahi. The wine is 14.5% alc., and was aged 14 months in all new oak barriques, of which 85% were French and 15% American. Very full, dense, near impenetrable black-red colour with some youthful purple hues. The bouquet is voluminous and full of very ripe black berry fruits with black pepper and spices, lifted by cedary new oak. The aromatics are nuanced and attractively interwoven. Rich, ripe and very opulent, waves of black plum and berry fruits, Oriental spices, black pepper and oak cedar flow across the palate. The fruit is extremely concentrated, but balanced by underlying, fine-textured tannins. The wine is bear decadent, but not excessive, and exudes great harmony and surprising stylishness. Serve with rich, hearty and spice-laden Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10+ years. 19.0-/20” RaymondChanWineReviews.Co.Nz (JUL/2001)

Winery Tasting Notes


In Talisman 2009, aromatic notes of violets and blackcurrant are enriched by sweet plum and liquorice flavours in the mouth. The palate is rich, dark and seamless with a long, spicy finish.

Food Matching

The power and elegance of Talisman 2009 would go perfectly with a dish such as venison carpaccio with truffle balsamic dressing. The carpaccio brings out the gamey, earthy flavour of the wine, while the truffle balsamic dressing complements the earthy flavour and harmonises with the slight sweetness of the blackcurrant characters in the wine. A great match!

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Crossroads was started in 1987 with the aim to produce the best possible wine from an exceptional place in an exceptional country – Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. We are driven by the desire to bring you wines that set the benchmarks of what that variety can achieve in Hawke’s Bay.

To achieve this, it became clear we had to have total control of our winegrowing and winemaking from start to finish. To that end, Crossroads purposely sourced and developed more vineyards. Today, all our Hawke’s Bay wines come from our own vineyards.

Carefully selected parcels of land have been developed for each specific variety to ensure all care is given at every step in the process. As a small team, every decision is made to ensure that Crossroads wines are great not just good, but are crafted without ever compromising quality.

Our signature wine, Talisman, reflects our belief that hard work and good fortune are closely linked and that only wine made with love can be truly great.

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