2016 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
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|
|Maturity||2019 - 20254|
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