2011 The Gabion Cabernet Franc Merlot

A stunning example of a Bordeaux style from Matakana, seriously wow and with some bottle age. Its worth every cent.


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Further Information

Brand The Gabion
Region Matakana Northland
Varietal Merlot Cabernet Franc
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2011
Country New Zealand


Very few people get to enjoy the top reds of Matakana, since so little is made. Mark Ching's vineyard is only 1.7ha, The Gabion wines from it are made by Tracey Haslam of Ti Point in a very classical and 'Right Bank Bordeaux' style. 2011 was not an easy year for winemakers, but as always the cream rises to the top... strict selection and hands-on viticulture have produced a stunning wine of subtle power and great complexity.


Classical Bordeaux-like nose of plum, autumn leaves, forest floor and cedar, with hints of tobacco, black olive and cassis. Beautifully done.


Mellow, complex and nicely maturing, with a dark core of spicy fruit and earthy cedar supported by very fine, resolved tannins. Entering its best drinking years now, it should be at its best through 2025 and even longer. Imagine a roast dinner with all the trimmings and this wine, a match made in heaven.

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