2007 Pyramid Valley "Howell Family" Cabernet Franc Hawkes Bay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This has a wonderful nose: black cherries, plum and a touch of cooked meats – well defined with no peppery elements normally associated with Cabernet Franc. The palate is ripe, almost over-ripe with sweet black plum, macerated cherries and a honeyish note towards the svelte, weighty finish. Perhaps it does not need to be pushed so hard?
Mike and Claudia Weersing, owners and winemakers at Pyramid Valley Vineyards, make some of our favorite New Zealand wines. Their terroir-driven Pinots, Chardonnays and Rieslings shouldn't be missed, and this Cabernet Franc from the Howell Family Vineyard is really something special. Incredibly aromatic, scents of black olive, black pepper, wild game and violet frame black fruit on the nose. On the palate, the wine is dense, revealing layers of briar fruit, violets, herbs, spice and mineral. Fine tannins and juicy acidity round out the sweet mid-palate fruit.