Gillman Matakana 2006

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 22-Nov-2012
A blend of 59% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the fruit hand-picked and sorted, and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 2 years in 80% new Seguin Moreau oak barrels. Dark, deep, black-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a concentrated and densely packed nose of ripe black fruits interwoven with iron-earth and minerally elements. Nuances of savoury black plummy fruits unfold. Full-bodied, black berry fruits with dark earthy flavours are framed within a full-structured, well-extracted palate. The tannins are firm, and the wine brooding, a little shy in expression. Discreet acidity and the tannins provide a fulsome, dry mouthfeel, and the oak becomes a little more prominent on the finish with long, lingering ethereal spice and cedar flavours. This is a full-bodied, densely concentrated Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend with black fruit and earthy flavours. Match with slow-cooked beef, lamb and venison over the next 8-10+ years. 206 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $70.00

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