Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay2013
5 stars (95 points)
This distinguished Cabernet Franc was made from ultra-premium grapes grown on our Mere Road Vineyard, located in the celebrated stony Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay.The 100% Cabernet Franc grapes were handpicked at ideal physiological ripeness and balance on 4th April at 22.9° Brix.
The fruit was destemmed, retaining whole berries which were cold-soaked for four days then inoculated with selected yeast. The cap was plunged twice daily throughout ferment, until dry.
The wine was macerated on its skins for a further 12 days, then pressed to barrel and aged for 17 months in quality 100% French oak (of which 18% was new wood) with two well-spaced gentle aerated rackings. The wine was egg white fined, followed by a pad filtration prior to bottling under screwcap on 12th November 2013.
This intensely perfumed Gimblett Gravels wine shows great complexity of character with concentrated berry and spice flavours, ripe supple tannins and finely integrated French oak seasoning. The finish is deliciously long and persistent. Harmonious and drinking superbly now, it will acquire even greater depth with judicious cellaring.