Man O’ War ‘Warspite’ Ponui Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2012

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 10-Apr-2014
The second release of ‘Warspite’, 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Malbec from Ponui Island, indigenous yeast fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 30 days on skins and aged 20 months in 45% new French oak. Full, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour. This is immensely concentrated on the nose with aromas of blackcurrant and redcurrant essence, black plums, dark herbs, blackcurrant leaf and cassis, with leathery complexities, and lifted oak. Full-bodied, but tightly concentrated with a degree of elegance to the proportions, sweet flavours of very ripe blackcurrants, dark red plums and blackberry fruit are encased by powerful and substantial extraction and grip. The tannins are very fine-grained, with excellent acid tension, strong alcohol drive and linearity. The mouthfeel is all about intensity, and has surprising balance and finesse with no alcohol intrusion, and carries the fruit to a very long, sustained cedary finish. This is an impressively concentrated and intensely flavoured Cabernet Franc-based wine with great structure and a sense of elegance. Match with roasted red meat dishes and hard cheeses over the next 10-12+ years. 19.0-/20 Apr 2014 RRP $55.00

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