2014 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

2014 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

17.5 Points Richard Caro
2014 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot
17.5 Points Richard Caro

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This super-stylish, complex Bordeaux blend is full of ripe cassis and berry fruits with a leafy and, being Waipara, a mineral turn about it. The freshness and fine tannin of this blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is French-styled, reminding one of a perfumed, dusty-mineral Cabernet Franc from the Loire. But it is also New Zealand in the best sense, with fruit expression and aromatics that are charming but never overbearing. Yet another serious delight from The Boneline.

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$31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle



Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Its Origins

Boneline are a Waipara operation with a serious focus on terroir. Waipara’s lime-rich soils and nearly identical climate to Chablis allow Boneline to explore stylistic bridge points between the more restrained French and more brightly fruited characteristics of New Zealand terroir wines. The name Boneline itself invokes a network of ideas linking their wines and terroir to the primordial history of the site, directly referring to fossilised fish bones that have been found around the Waipara River - which also appear on their labels - and indirectly referring to the lime in the soil, itself a residue of fish calcium that forms the various bone-like substrata of many Waipara vineyards and makes the region such a special place for wine. Bringing to their work a broad range of human and marketing as well as winemaking talents, Boneline look set to define new possibilities for their exceptional place and it’s offerings.

What The Critics Say

17.5/20 Raymond Chan (2013 vintage)

"Approx. equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from 25 y.o. vines, hand-picked and given an ambient soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 25% new French oak. Dark, deep, black-red colour with ruby hues on rim. The nose is finely concentrated with very fresh, bright and pure aromas of blackcurrants, cassis and herbs, the fruit in the cooler spectrum, the aromatics showing focus and intensity. Medium to medium full-bodied, elegantly proportioned and intense flavours of blackcurrants, cassis and redcurrants are the feature on palate. A little cool leafiness and oak lift adds interest to the fruit. Fine-grained, firm and tight tannins carry the wine along with fresh and bracing acidity, leading to a moderately sustained, lively and brisk, curranty finish. This is an elegant, racy and finely firm Bordeaux varietal blend with curranty and leafy flavours. Serve with herb-marinated beef and lamb dishes over the next 4-6 years. 17.5-/20 Nov 2014 RRP $35.00."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot

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  • Region


  • Closure


  • Volume


This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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