2018 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
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 its offerings.
What The Critics Say
"A complex and layered bouquet with powerful aromas of red berries and old red apple, iron and greywacke stones then layers of oak and violet. As the wine touches the palate a silky texture shows first then contrasting tannins and acidity layer through. Flavours of plum and blackberry, some black currant with tobacco spices of oak. Complex and quite delicious, contrasting and lengthy. Excellent drinking from 2021 through 2028+."
95/100 Bob Campbell (2016 vintage)
"A dense and chewy blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot with plum, dark berry, cocoa powder, spice and subtle floral flavours. Fine tannins and a little heat from an heroic alcohol of 15%. Quite a complex and distinctive red that promises to develop well. 18 SEP 2019." Drink 2019 - 2024
|Variety||Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot|
|Maturity||2021 - 2028|
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