Gillman Matakana 2007

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 22-Nov-2012
Very dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is initially shy, but fills to show good volume and presence of ripe black berry fruits and plums, lifted with liquorice and oak cedar all softly intertwined. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and succulently sweet fruit flavours of blackberries and plums combine with exotic spices and oak cedar. Significant extraction underlines the fruit and along with good acidity, this has excellent tension, energy and drive. The mouthfeel is fulsome and lively, with juicy black and dark red fruit flavours carried by the tannins and youthful acidity to a long and sustained spicy, oaky finish. This is a full, richly fruited Bordeaux-blend with freshness and serious extraction that will see it develop well over the next 10-12 years. Serve with grilled and roasted red meats and hard cheeses. A blend of 69% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the fruit hand-picked and sorted, and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 50% new Seguin Moreau oak barrels. 136 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $70.00

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