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Maison Noire Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Oct-2022
Deep ruby-red, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is gentle, penetrating sweet fruit of redberry, cassis and plum entwined with vanilla, cedar and perfume. Medium-full bodied, aromas of redberry, cassis and young plum form a tight core, unfolding spice, clove, vanilla, cedar and rich minerals. Tightly weaved fine-grained tannins structured the fruit and left a dry finish. Excellent acidity supports a lengthy finish. This elegant and powerful Cabernet blend with bright fruit and a firm tannin structure. Match with ribeye steak and lamb over the next 5+ years. 70% Cab Sauv from Gimblett Road and 30% Cab Franc from Waimarama Home Block, handpicked, destemmed, fermented in open vat to 13.% alc, pressed to French oak barrels and a puncheon, 1/3 new oak overall, aged for 16 months. Unfined. 90 cases produced. 18.5/20 (93 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $35  

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