Čuvar Iris Collection Merlot Cabernet Franc 2022, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Apr-2024
Deep ruby-red with a purple tinge, slightly lighter on the rim. This has an alluring bouquet, with gently expressed aromas of cassis, cherry, blackcurrant leaf, cedar and an amalgam of spice. Full-bodied, aromas of cassis and dark cherry are pure, unfolding black currant leaf, cedar, clove, star anise and dark minerals. The fruit has freshness and excellent acid balance; fine-grained, firm tannins frame the ripe fruit and layer with cedar and spices, carrying a fine, long finish. Match with roasted lamb and beef steak over the next 5+ years. Fruit from Cornerstone vineyard in Gimmlett Gravels, handpicked, destemmed, fermented in stainless steel to 13% alc, aged 14 months in French oak barriques. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2024 RRP $29.99

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