Crossroads ‘Winemakers Collection’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2010

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 15-Feb-2013
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with ruby hues. This has a full and powerful nose with ripe black cherry and earthy, dark raspberry aromas, unfolding fragrant and lifted blackcurrant notes. Ethereal spicy oak and savoury cedar aromatics add complexity and interest. Full-bodied, broad, open and fulsome flavours of sweet, dark red berry fruits are interwoven with iron-earth nuances. Layers of detail unfold, showing dark plums, spices, dried herb and tobacco, the oaking quite discreet. The extraction is significant, but the tannins very fine and powdery, with the acid very much in balance, providing freshness and lift. The palate has a very long and sustained finish. This is a fulsome Cabernet Franc with ethereal complexities and the structure to evolve over the next 8-10 years. Serve with stews, casseroles and slow-cooked meat dishes. 85% Cabernet Franc with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Mere' vineyard, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 91% French and 9% American oak barriques, of which 45% were new. 18.5+/20 Feb 2013 RRP $41.95

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