2016 Boneline Waipara Iridium Cabernets Merlot

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
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This stylish and complex Bordeaux blend is full of ripe cassis and berry fruits, with a leafy and mineral turn about it. The freshness and fine tannin of this blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is French-styled, reminding one of an earthy-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.
$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $54.99 per bottle


Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

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 its offerings.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"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

Winemaker notes on current 2016 vintage

"Magnolia — purple pastille — black cardamon — orange chocolate — leather — oystershell. Luxurious dark magenta in colour which shimmers mauve and scarlet. Purple pastille and violets leap from the glass and fill the surrounding air (as it did to the bottling hall). Dried herb, dry roasted vegetable and graphite provide subtleties while orange chocolate and wood spice ground the nose. Sweet red and purple fruits saturate the palate at first, surrounding a warm cedar heart — all balanced by juicy acidity and fine powdery tannins. The finish has a dry mineral bite that entices you back for more. Our evolutionary pathway — in a glass."

Variety Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Region Waipara
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 15.00%
Maturity 2019 - 20254

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



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