Black Estate ‘Home’ North Canterbury Cabernet Franc 2017

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 28-May-2018
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly packed and well-concentrated with a rounded core of black berried fruit entwined with cool-spectrum blackcurrant, dark herb, a little stalkiness and hints of black minerals. This has very good depth and intensity with fruit clarity. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and tightly concentrated with a core of cooler spectrum blackcurrants, blackberries, and dark herbs. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant with crisp, lacy acidity enhancing the fruit clarity, and lending a zestiness and raciness to the palate. The fruit flows along a finely extracted tannin line which underlines the fruit with linearity. The wine carries to a long, fine-textured finish. This is a taut and concentrated Cabernet Franc with fruit clarity, showing currant, herbs and minerals on a brisk, textured palate. Match with herb-marinated red meat dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from vines planted in 2011, clones 214, 327 and 678, hand-picked, fully destemmed, and indigenous yeast fermented with 80% whole berries to 12.0% alc., the wine aged in 45% barriques and 55% puncheons, all seasoned oak for 7 months with no SO2 added. Certified BioGro organic. 103 cases made. 17.5/20 May 2018 RRP $45.00

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