The Gabion Cabernet Franc Merlot 2011

The Gabion Cabernet Franc Merlot 2011

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • New Zealand, 750ml

A stunning Bordeaux style red blend from Matakana. Full ripe and concentrated fruit has produced a beautifully expressive wine with aromas of sweet black fruits, spice, chocolate and given a powerful yet graceful palate with dense plush tannins and a savoury lingering finish.

  • Winery: The Gabion Vineyard
  • Varietal: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot
  • Region: Matakana Coast, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Other: Contains sulphites, drink now to 2025
  • Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses

"Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with garnet hues on the rim. This has a full and well-concentrated nose of ripe, savoury, blackberry and redcurrant fruit harmoniously entwined with aromas of fruit-cake, dried herbs, earth and cedary elements. The fruit has fragrance, freshness and intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with well-concentrated flavours of ripe, dark-red berry fruit with notes of plums, fruit-cake, herbs, earth and cedar. The mouthfeel is juicy and the fruit vibrancy enhanced by lacy acidity. The flavours are underlined by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction, and the palate is composed and balanced. The fruit and structure carry the wine to a very long, lingering finish. This is a well-concentrated, vibrantly sweet-fruited Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend with dark-red berry and plum fruit with savoury fruit-cake earth and cedar complexities on a well-balanced, fine-structured palate." Raymond Chan

The Gabion Vineyard is situated at Te Kie Point at the south end of Omaha on the Matakana Coast, and is owned by Mark Ching, a significant operator in the shipping industry. The vineyard site which measures just over 2 ha has 1.7 ha of vines, 69% to Cabernet Franc and 31% to Merlot. The vineyard was established in 2002 with planting to 2004 to release the first vintage in 2006. Tracy Haslam, best known for her neighbouring Ti Point vineyard and label made the wines from 2006 to 2013, with Richard Robson taking on the winemaking duties from 2014 to 2016. James Graham was appointed for the 2017 vintage, but only a rosé wine has been made in this challenging vintage. The Gabion winery produces a maximum of 400 cases of wine annually, and are frequently found in select restaurants around the North Island.

  • 5 Stars - Raymond Chan, Wine Reviews
  • 93/100 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Review (2009 vintage)

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