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Tasting Notes

Pale green.


Aromatic white currant and passionfruit with a hint of oyster shell.


Luscious tropical fruit and fresh apple flavours combine with a wet stone purity. The palate is linear and focused with salty, mineral notes lingering on the finish.

Ageing Potential:

Drinking beautifully now and best enjoyed over the next two years.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson


The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and enhance colour stability. Inoculation took place to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to 14 per cent new French oak and 86 per cent seasoned French oak. The wine underwent a clean malolactic fermentation while ageing in oak for 11 months. It was then gently extracted from oak, blended and carefully prepared for bottling.


The outstanding fruit was sourced predominantly from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Cabernet Franc. This vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and delicate structure that Cabernet Franc can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. 


Mere Road, Gimblett Gravels winegrowing region, Hawke’s Ba


Soils: Vigour moderating free draining gravel.  

Topography: Flat even site with a gradual slope.

Climate: Warm, sheltered site.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Warm days and cooler nights with gravel rich vigour-moderating soils contribute to small berries which give this wine concentrated flavours, perfume and a deep rich colour.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 12.5%,

TA 6.5 g/litre,

pH 3.46

Food Match

Our Food Match Recommendation:

A food versatile wine well matched with full flavoured savoury dishes such as pan fried steak with mushroom sauce and a side of seasonal vegetables. A great accompaniment also to a range of hard and soft cheese

Vegetarian friendly

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