Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2014

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Feb-2017
Even, light ruby-red colour pale on the rim. This has a light nose with fragrant aromas of redcurrants and red berry fruit with a subtle amalgam of dark herbs and earth at the core, unfolding nuances of nutty, resinous oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has softly refreshing fruit flavours of redcurrants and leaf, along with nutty oak notes. The mouthfeel is smooth-textured with fine-grained, modest extraction, and light, balanced acidity. The wine flows evenly along a velvety line, the flavours receding as it carries to a light fragrant finish. This is a light and fragrant, sweet-fruited Cabernet Franc with redcurrant, herb and nutty flavours on a light, smooth-flowing palate. Match with pork and veal dishes over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from the Maraekakaho hills, hand-picked and fermented to 12.4% alc., some dried stems added to the ferment, the wine aged 20 months in 20% new French oak equivalence. 16.0+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $29.50

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