Man O’ War ‘Warspite’ Ponui Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2010

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 06-Nov-2012
The first release of this label. Bright, youthful purple-red colour. Vibrantly pure black and redcurrant fruit aromas show with a tight elegance and purity. The bouquet is attractively fragrant with lifted florals and spice nuances. Full-bodied, this combines concentration, depth and intensity with an elegance from succulently sweet, ripe dark red berry fruits and fragrant plum notes. Layers of spices, liquorice and lifted oak cedar show, all enhanced by fresh, poised acidity. Fine-grained tannins underline the palate, allowing the fruit to feature. This has great line and length with sweet fruit notes providing luscious highlights. A beautifully linear and vibrantly fruity, modern Bordeaux-styled wine to keep 8-10+ years. 61.5% Cabernet Franc, 23.2% Merlot and 15.3% Malbec from Ponui Island, co-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in 25% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $52.00

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