Archer McRae Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2011

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Mar-2015
Dark ruby-red colour with some garnet hues on rim. This has a voluminous nose of aromatic dark red berry and curranty fruit harmoniously entwined with complex and funky layers of earth and game meat. The nose builds in depth and intensity, becoming elegant in proportion Medium-bodied, fresh, lively and juicy fruit flavours of dark redcurrants and red berries are melded with dried herb, earth and game-like flavours. The funky, meaty flavours are a feature and mouthfilling. The palate is smooth-flowing and harmoniously integrated with fine-grained, silky tannins, along with excellent lacy acid freshness and tension. This has a degree of poise, and the wine leads to a light and dry finish. This is an elegant, fine-textured and lively Cabernet Franc with funky game-like flavours. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the Mills Reef ‘Mere Road’ vineyard, given a long pre-ferment soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine given a long post-ferment maceration, and aged 11 months in approx. 25% new French oak 190 cases made. 16.5+/20 Mar 2015 RRP $40.00

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