Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2009

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2011
Cabernet Franc has a softer, less extreme expression than Cabernet Sauvignon and unblended can be less than complete. This bottling shows the potential character worth attaining. Saturated black purple-red, vibrant and youthful in colour. The nose is somewhat shy and locked up in its rawness, but the beauty of its floral fragrance of red fruits is clear. On palate, this has lovely, lifted red and dark berry fruits framed within a seriously constructed palate with very fine-grained tannins. There is an in-built gentleness, with soft acidity and subtle oaking. A wine of elegance and finesse still to emerge. 10-12+ years. 100% Cabernet Franc from ‘Zone 2' Kidnappers block in the Gimblett Gravels, given a cold soak, fermented to 14.0% alc., with no post-ferment maceration, then aged 18 months in 12.5% new French oak barriques. 200 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $45.00

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