Thomas Waiheke Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 22-Feb-2016
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black hues and light purple on the edge. This has a firmy concentrated and well-proportioned nose of ripe redcurrant fruit lifted by fragrant red floral elements and entwined with blackcurrant and cassis notes. Subtle herbal nuances add detail and the integrated oak contributes to the vibrancy. Medium-full bodied, bright, fresh and vibrantly juicy flavours of ripe redcurrants, herbs and cassis show with sweetness and lusciousness. The fruit is complexed by subtle oak toast, and balanced by fine-gained tannin extraction. Bright acidity enhances the vitality and the wine carries with good energy and linearity, carrying to a sustained, sweet fruited finish. This is a beautifully elegant, sweet redcurrant fruited Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend with fine tannin structure and a fresh, vibrant mouthfeel. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from Onetangi Valley, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 17% new French oak barriques. 558 bottles made. 18.5/20 Feb 2016 RRP $45.00

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