Kelly Washington Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019 $50
Sourced from the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle district, this is a velvety-smooth example scented with blackcurrant leaf, dark cocoa, a hint of liquorice and blueberry. All those characters wash across the palate and leave a warm, woolly, textural finish. 100% cabernet franc isn’t the most common thing here in Kiwiland, so I love it when a great one comes along. Kelly’s example is youthful, delightfully refreshing and shows buckets of personality.