Goldie Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 21-Aug-2015
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge with some brick hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with firmly concentrated primary aromas of vibrantly fresh, ripe blackberries and blackcurrants intermixed with fresh herbs, spices, minerals and balanced oak. Medium-full bodied, this has a tightly concentrated core of sweetly ripe blackberry, plum and blackcurranty fruit flavours, complexed by earthy elements, supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. Fresh, lacy acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, lifting the aromatic, primary fruit flavours to show some cassis and pepper. The wine flows with vitality and tension, leading to a long, lingering, fine-textured finish. This is a fresh, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend with flavours of blackcurrants, plums and earth, supported by fine, grainy tannins. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 7-9 years. 18.0+/20 Aug 2015 RRP $60.00

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