Askerne Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2016

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Jun-2018
Dark, deep, even ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, a little lighter edged. The nose is full and broad with well-packed aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit and earthy notes along with subtle notes of black and redcurrants. This has depth and density. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a solid but rounded core with flavours of dark-red berry fruit entwined with a layering of soft dark and dried herbs, with earthy elements, unveiling some redcurrant and blackcurrant notes. The fruit sweetness grows as the wine flows. The palate is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction lending good structure and grip, and the wine flows to a fulsome, broad, savoury finish. This is a well-packed, solid Cabernet Franc with savoury berryfruit melded with herbs and earth on a well-structured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meats over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 93% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 38% new oak. 17.5/20RRP $22.90

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