MAISON NOIRE CABERNET FRANC 2014

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Rob MacCulloch MW (2014 Vintage)
"It's something of a rarity to find Cabernet Franc bottled as a stand-alone grape variety, as it's more often used as part of a red wine blend to add perfume, freshness and a dry savoury-ness to other varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Why so? Perhaps it's because Cabernet Franc can simply be a tough-tasting grape variety: often too 'green'-tasting, occasionally too dryly tannic, frequently just too savoury for many people's tastes. It's rare, therefore - very rare - to find a Cabernet Franc that combines sweet, ripe, fresh raspberry fruit, with soft, finely-textured tannins and just a hint of complex black olive savoury character on the finish. Even rarer is to find such a sense of ripe raspberry character in a wine that's only 12.4% alcohol, an alcohol level more often associated these days with "unlike" wines. Yet this low alcohol level is similar to wines made from Cabernet Franc found in France's Loire Valley, where winemaker Guillaume Thomas hails from, and the immediate, delicious ripe fruit flavours found in this wine are absolutely characteristic of Hawke's Bay too."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 Vintage)​
"Grown on north-facing hills near Maraekakaho, the 2014 vintage was hand-picked and matured for 20 months in French oak barrels (20 per cent new). A medium-bodied, 'feminine' style of red, it has fresh acidity, with attractive blackcurrant, red berry, plum and spice flavours, a hint of herbs, savoury notes adding complexity, gentle tannins and a smooth finish. Drink now or cellar."


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