Thomas Waiheke Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 05-Jul-2017
Dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and softly voluminous with aromas of ripe redcurrants and blackcurrants, along with herb notes, forming a dense, well-packed core which unveils nuances of spice, earth and hints of nutty oak. Full-bodied, the palate has a rich and sweet core of ripe redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit entwined with dark plums, forming a dense, integrated heart. Nuances of dark herbs, a little spice and earthy hints add detail. The fruit is supported by moderately extracted, grainy tannin structure, with subtle lacy acidity lending energy and tension. The palate has an attractive, even mouthfeel and presence, and flows to a rich, full, lingering finish of currants and herbs. This is a rich, sweet fruited Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend with good depth and concentration supported by grainy structure and fresh acidity. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6-9 years. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot 4% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, from Onetangi, hand-picked and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 26% new French oak barriques. 2,096 bottles made. 18.0-/20 Jul 2017 RRP $46.00

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