Mission ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2013

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Feb-2016
Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with lighter purple hues on the edge. This has an elegantly presented nose with a firmly concentrated core of ripe black and redcurrant fruit, cassis liqueur and penetrating, piquant herbal elements. The fruit has excellent vitality and builds in intensity with aeration. Full-bodied, bright and lusciously juicy flavours of blackcurrants, redcurrants and cassis are interwoven with fresh herbal elements, forming an intense and deep heart. The fruit is vibrant and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and framed by firm flowery tannin structure. The palate has linearity and drive, with subtle alcoholic power adding energy, and carries to a very long, lingering, dry-textured finish of blackcurrants. This is a firmly concentrated, rich and intense Cabernet Franc with vibrant cassis and herb flavours and fine-grained structure. Match with herb-marinated beef and lamb dishes, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. Fruit from the Bridge Pa Triangle, fermented to 14.7% alc., the wine pending 20 days on skins post ferment and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak. 275 dozen made. 18.5/20 Feb 2016 RRP $24.95

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