Maison Noire Home Block Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019 $28

Sourced from their tiny vineyard located high up on the Waimarama Road, this is a local take on a French favourite grape from the Loire Valley. This is Cabernet Franc crafted in a softer, more restrained style than most with fine-grained astringency in the mid-palate. Super-savoury and stitched together with dried herbs, hints of iodine and spice, it’s an easy-breezy, smooth sip for those late afternoon slabs of blue cheese.