Black Estate ‘Home’ North Canterbury Cabernet Franc 2015

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 17-Mar-2017
Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and restrained in expression but shows good depth and vinous breadth and presence, revealing dark redcurrant fruit with subtle notes of fresh herbs, leaf, spices and soft earthy elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently mouthfilling flavours of savoury redcurrants with nuances of blackcurrant leaf, dark herbs, spices and earth. The palate has soft, grainy tannin extraction and brisk, mouthwatering acidity. The wine flows with plenty of energy, carried by the acidity to a fresh, lively, dry finish. This is a soft restrained, redcurrant fruited Cabernet Franc with herb, leaf, earth and mineral notes on a supple, refreshing palate. Match with herb-marinated poultry, pork and lamb dishes and serve with Mediterranean fare over the next 4 years. First vintage, clones 214, 327 and 678 from 0.3 ha planted in 2011, hand-picked and fully destemmed, fermented with vineyard derived yeast to 12.0% alc., the wine on skins 28 days and aged 6 months in 68% seasoned barriques and 34% stainless-steel, with no SO2 added. 37 dozen made. 16.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $45.00

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