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The Boneline Amphitheatre 2017

The Boneline Amphitheatre 2017

  • Cabernet Franc
  • New Zealand, 750ml
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Ruby purple with magenta hues. Fresh primary fruits of cranberry & raspberry over dried herbs and blackberry bramble. Understated oak of liquorice & char. Ripe fruit forward palate of dense plum, mocha & violets. Fine powdery tannins balance soft juicy acidity – plush. 

  • Winery: The Boneline
  • Varietal: Cabernet Franc
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

    Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses

     

    The Boneline label from the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, grew from the Waipara West operation, but instead of making wines that suited the European markets, The Boneline was to be focussed on the Australian and New Zealand palate. The Boneline is the family partnership of London-based Paul Tutton, his artist wife Olga Sienko, and his sister Vic Tutton who is based on the vineyard with her husband Lindsay Hill who is the viticulturist. The wines come from 25 ha of vines planted from 1989, with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling in white, and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with some Syrah in red. Behind the change of style were the inputs of the highly respected winegrower Jeff Sinnott, who has been assisted by Paul Goodege. Paul is now the winemaker but Jeff Sinnott remains as consultant. ‘The Boneline’ refers to the nearby K-T Boundary line that is evidence of the global catastrophe of an asteroid impact on the earth defining the end of the Mesozoic Era and the extinction of the dinosaurs. The labels feature fossils discovered in the Waipara River dating back as far as 65 million years.

     

    • 16.5/20 - Raymond Chan

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