Young Bacchus Estate Martinborough Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 31-May-2017
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, near impenetrable and very youthful in appearance. The nose is very fine and very tightly concentrated with intensely penetrating aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, black plums and cassis liqueur, interwoven with herbal and leafy elements. This is fresh and primary in expression, in the cooler spectrum. Medium-bodied, the palate is fine in presentation with concentrated, firm primary fruit flavours of blackcurrants, cassis, herbs and leafy cool-spectrum notes. A suggestion of stalkiness shows. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and the mouthfeel is enlivened by brisk, racy acidity. The flavours carry with zestiness and tension to a long, concentrated, tight and slender finish. This is a youthfully primary Cabernet-based blend with cool spectrum blackcurrant, herb and leafy flavours, fine textures and elevated acidity. This is developing very slowly. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef over the next 5-7 years. A blend based on the vineyard proportions of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak. Approx. 215 dozen made from 2.4 tonnes harvested. Winemaker: Chris Buring. 17.0-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00 Very deep, black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is up-front, fresh and youthful with aromatic and raw primary fruit aromas of blackcurrant and leaf, entwined with piquant herbs and sappy, stalky herbaceous elements. The aromas grow in depth in the glass. Medium-bodied, elegant and tightly bound flavours of blackcurrants stalks, herbs and pepper show with some sweetness and succulence. The fruit restrained, but there is plenty of vitality and liveliness from the bright, racy acidity. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction contributing to a firm, tight core and line. As the wine flows, the flavours recede, leading to a light, fine-textured finish. This is a youthful, elegant and finely structure Cabernet-based wine with lively herbaceous blackcurrant and stalky flavours. Match with herb-marinated red meat dishes over the next 5+ years. A blend based on the vineyard proportions of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak. Approx. 215 dozen made from 2.4 tonnes harvested. Winemaker: Chris Buring. 16.5/20 Apr 2015 RRP $25.00

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