The Boneline Iridium 2016

The Boneline Iridium 2016

  • Cabernet Blend
  • New Zealand, 750ml

This stylish and complex Bordeaux blend is full of ripe cassis and berry fruits, with a leafy and mineral turn about it. The freshness and fine tannin of this blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is French-styled, reminding one of an earthy-mineral Cabernet Franc from the Loire.

  • Winery: The Boneline
  • Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

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

Iridium is all about evolution. Over time, changes occur within the vineyard's soils and the vines they support within a warming climate. Change also flows through our winegrowing philosophies, aspirations and approach. No other wine in Boneline's portfolio captures this terrestrial and human evolution as clearly as Iridium. Iridium has evolved into a Cabernet Franc dominant, red blend. However, because it is the product of Boneline's aspiration to make the best full-bodied red blend possible from their site, it’s makeup is never set in stone.

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.

  • 95/100 - Bob Campbell MW



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