Cab Sav Merlot Franc 2015 750ml New Release
The flagship wine of our Waiheke Island vineyard, Te Motu is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot and Franc, hand harvested from low-yielding vines.
The wine enjoys extended élevage and maturing in premium French oak before beginning a minimum 3 year term resting in bottle. On release, the wine shows elegance, complexity and firm yet supple tannins - the hallmarks of its longevity - and will continue to reward cellaring.
2015 was a great vintage here in the valley, though cool conditions through spring flowering did thin our volumes, the remaining fruit that developed through the long hot summer was beautifully concentrated. Following our family recipe this flagship blend of our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec fruit spent two years of extended élevage in French oak before bottling.
Less than 450 cases produced.
96 points Bob Campbell MW 94 points Cameron Douglas MS
First Impressions from Cameron Douglas MS:
“A blended red emulating the best of Bordeaux with a totally New Zealand and Auckland story. Aromas an flavours of dark berries and pencil lead, roasted plums and clove, violets and smoke. Dry, weighty, fresh, youthful and earthy with flavours of dark berries and clay, violets and plums, wood-smoke and dark spices. Tannins are firm, remain youthful and are beginning to integrate well, acidity is medium+, contrasts the fruit and earth flavours adding a crunch to mid and back palate. Best drinking from today and through 2028++.”
Price based on case of any 15 wines, all-inclusive of freight, taxes, duty and insurance from NZ Producer to your door in Australia. All prices based on live exchange rate.