Gillman Matakana 2005

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 22-Nov-2012
Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with some garnet on edge. The bouquet is elegant in proportion with intensely concentrated aromas of ripe black berry fruits revealing fragrant redcurrant notes and cedary, spicy oak in the glass. Nuances of dried herb secondary development emerge. Full-bodied, concentrated black fruit flavours combine with spices elements and plenty of cedary oak and are supported by firm, but very fine-grained tannins. The mouthfeel is lively from lacy acidity, which enlivens the fruit and accentuates the oak. The palate has excellent drive and carries to a long finish with liquorice and cedar flavours. This is a very fine-grained Bordeaux-styled red blend with spicy fruit and cedary oak. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 7-9 years. A blend of 66% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the fruit hand-picked and sorted, and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 2 years in new Seguin Moreau oak barrels. 175 dozen made. 18.5/20 Nov 2012 RRP $70.00

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