Crossroads Winery - Mere Road Cabernet Franc 2009



Crossroads Winery - Mere Road Cabernet Franc 2009
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Our Mere Vineyard is one of the driest in the Gimblett Gravels area. The warm, dry conditions during the critical ripening phase of 2009 season saw berries gain in concentration and intensity almost by the hour. The berries were small and few in number but extremely flavoursome. We only allowed one bunch per shoot to ensure further intensity.

Our winemaker carefully managed the extraction process utilizing both pumpover and delestage techniques. This enabled us to capture the delicate aromas of this wine. Fermented as individual components the wines were drained, pressed off and settled before being run to French oak barriques where malolactic conversion occurred.

Lifted with violet, dark chocolate, bramble and red currant nuances, the nose is vividly fragrant with varietal aromas. Once on the palate dark fruit characters are framed by taut, elegant tannins. Finely textured but well-structured, the palate leads into a long, elegant, aromatic finish.

A striking red to enjoy with rare beef, now or after a decade in a cool cellar.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Crossroads Winery   -
ABV:   15%
Brand:   Crossroads Winery
Country of Origin:   New Zealand
Drinking From:   2011
Drinking Until:   2015
Food Match:   Pork
Grape Type:   Cabernet Franc
Parker Points :   90
Region:   Hawkes Bay
Vintage:   2009


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Producer Information

The story of Crossroads Winery began in 1990 with a dream to make a wine that whilst representing its Hawkes Bay origin, was completely different to any other wine in terms of complexity and texture.

A decade of tireless development and experiments under the winemaking leadership of Miles Dinneen has resulted in a complete range of delicious aromatic whites and pure varietal reds including the award winning Talisman: a mystery blend of red varietals crafted using specific parcels of land and only produced in the best vintages.

We are delighted to introduce a new range of four delicious wines this year from selected vineyard sites, which are made in tiny quantities and are due in stock ahead of the summer.

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