Maison Noire Hawke's Bay Cabernet/Merlot (2016)

The 2016 vintage (4*) is maturing gracefully. A medium-bodied style, it is a blend of Cabernet Franc (48 per cent), Merlot (45 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7 per cent), matured for a year in French oak barrels (25 per cent new). It has very satisfying depth of ripe, berryish, plummy, slightly spicy flavours, showing good complexity, and a smooth, finely textured finish.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★ – 4 Stars
Price: $25 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.

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