Elephant Hill Reserve Cabernet Franc/Cabernet/Merlot (2016)

The powerful, weighty, youthful 2016 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Franc (34 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (32 per cent) and Merlot (26 per cent), with a splash of Malbec. Hand-harvested in the Gimblett Gravels (75 per cent) and the Bridge Pa Triangle (25 per cent), it was matured for 21 months in French oak casks (48 per cent new). Dark and purple-flushed, it is fragrant, with substantial body, concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, and firm tannin backbone. Set for a long life, it should be at its best 2023+.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $54 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2023

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