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5 stars – Michael Cooper
91 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Fleshy, savoury and full-coloured, the 2016 is a classy young red, likely to be long-lived, with deep blackcurrant/spice flavours, leathery notes adding complexity, good tannin support, and a very harmonious finish.” – Michael Cooper

“A blend of 79% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Gillman’s 2016 Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec spent two years in French oak, which no doubt accounts for all of the cedar and vanilla notes, plus the wine’s open-knit, velvety texture. There’s ample black-cherry fruit to back up the oak treatment, a medium to full-bodied feel on the palate and a plush, vanilla-laden finish, so there’s plenty to like.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour. Intense nose of red plums, wet leaves, garrigue, cedar and smoke – alongside a touch of violet. The palate is mellow yet persistent, with red fruits on the front before progressing to a savoury, earthy and mushroom-inflected mid-palate. Pleasantly long on the finish, with fine-grained, powdery tannins. Only 961 bottles were produced from the 2016 vintage.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec

Region: Matakana, New Zealand

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