Sacred Hill Helmsman Cabernet Merlot Franc 2015 $80 (5 stars)

My first taste of this wine was a few years before the millennium and back then I was told the name represented something that led the way that stood ahead of the pack and steered you in the right direction. This new vintage lives up to its reputation for focus and drive. A Helmsman is […]

Beach House Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2013

Beach House Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2013 $25 ★★★★★ Outrageously good.  So good in fact it was selected a one of just twelve wines to represent the very best of the famous Gimblett Gravels appellation from the much lauded 2013 vintage.  That it’s only $25 a bottle is quite staggering because it tastes better than […]

Let’s be Franc…

When it comes to popular wine varieties cabernet franc is the bridesmaid of the Bordeaux family.  Essential in that everyone expects it to be there, (to make  up the numbers and keep the feng shui of all the flavours in balance) but it never seems to be singled out for  much attention.  I absolutely love […]

Ti Point Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010

Ti Point Two Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010 $22  Matakana winemaker Tracy Haslam has created a really tasty wine with bright berryfruit, smoke and pepper notes on the nose followed by lovely plush, fruit-forward tannins and a ripe, robust finish.  A definite crowd-pleaser and absolutely lovely with steak and kidney pie.  www.tipoint.co.nz

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2009

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2009 $59  Lifted plum, prune, dried herbs, cedar and exotic smokey notes open the door to a burst of blackberry, pepper, juicy red liquorice and tangy earthy flavours in  the mouth.  I love cabernet franc, and this example really makes a massive impression with delicious presence and solid length […]

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