The Boneline
Iridium 2020 750ml

The Boneline Iridium 2020 750ml


Cabernet Franc – Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon Damson –Olive tapenade – Cedar – Juicy cassis - Clove – Star anise– Red leather – Black li- quorice – Cocoa nib – Graphite - Serene


2020 was the earliest vntage here in our 32 years - a warm, dry September and cool October were followed by our hottest November on record, which set up very favourable conditions for flowering.  Summer started with dry, slightly warmer conditions than normal for both December and January, followed by a dry, much warmer than average February which put much of the east coast of New Zealand, including North Canterbury into drought. March brought a break in the heat and some much needed rain that slowed the ripening of beautiful clean fruit. The first blocks were picked on the 16th of March. April, returned to dry weather, with above-average temperatures which was ideal for the bulk of our harvest.

All the fruit is hand picked and destemmed with the goal of having whole berries to give us a long fermentation with wild or high glycer- ol producing yeast that slowly builds to a hot peak temperature. Malo- lactic fermentation is encouraged during primary, and a long warm post ferment maceration is carried out until the tannins are balanced. The varietal batches are aged in French oak with 25% being new . The batches were kept separate through two rounds of rack and returning over winter and spring before being put together pre harvest 2020 and returned to old oak. In early winter, the barrels were racked to tank, where the blended wine sat for 2 months before being lightly fined and course filtered before bottling. Wine Dark Ruby core with bright red trim. Aromas of bright Chambord, black berries and red cherries underlined with leather, pencil shaving and purple flowers. Juicy plums, blackberries and redcurrents intertwined with star anise, black licorice and dark chocolate all being complimented with warm barrel spice. Fine grained tannins balance well with gentle acidity and a refreshing long mineral finish.


Tech Merlot Picked: 2/05/19 pH: 3.44 TA: 5.47 Brix: 23.6 Cabernet Franc Picked: 14/05/19 pH: 3.55 TA: 5.55 Brix: 24.9 Cabernet Sauvignon Picked: 16/05/19 pH: 3.65 TA: 5.85 Brix: 25.43 Blend Bottled: 05/11/20pH: 3.66TA: 5.53 Alc: 14.3 % Alcohol – 14.5 %




Minimum order: 3 bottles across The Boneline's range.


Price based on case of any 15x 750ml bottles, all-inclusive of freight, taxes, duty and insurance from NZ Producer to your door in Australia. All prices based on live exchange rate.

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