Murdoch James ‘Blue Rock’ Martinborough Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Nov-2011
Deepish ruby-red colour with a lighter garnet edge, this has a full and intense nose of cool-spectrum herb and blackcurrant fruit aromas with green capsicums and mint showing, spiced with oak toast. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are restrained, fresh garden herbs, mint and currant fruit with a little stalkiness. The palate is softly textured with supple tannins and moderate acidity, the harmony and smoothness quite striking. Subtle sweet fruit notes emerge with attractive cedary oak nuances that carry through to the finish. Though on the less ripe side, this has been well-handled to provide a smooth mouthfeel. Match with herb-encrusted roast lamb over the next 4-5 years. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Blue Rock' vineyard from 25 y.o. vines, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 20% new oak. 16.5-/20 Nov 2011 RRP $20.00

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