2017 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

2017 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc

16.5 Points Raymond Chan
2017 Boneline Waipara Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc
16.5 Points Raymond Chan

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A serious Cabernet Franc that (in the 2016 vintage) scored a coup by winning trophies for Champion Wine of the show and Champion Emerging Red Wine at Bragato. The 2017 has serious bones, with classic leafy berry fruits and a mineral core. A great wine to decant or even better, age in cellar, the Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc is a leading take on the fairly rare single varietal.

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$31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle



Cabernet Franc

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

16.5/20 Raymond Chan

"Ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in presentation with moderately concentrated and deep aromas of redcurrants with blackcurrant elements harmoniously integrated with dark herbs and suggestions of spices and stalks, with earthy and dark-red floral elements emerging with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegant and finely concentrated heart of dark redcurrants with hints of blackberries and blackcurrants melded with dark herbs unfolding spice nuances. The fruit is softly vibrant, showing good energy, and flows along a smooth, finely-textured line with background acidity lending tension and energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. Match with herb-marinated red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 92% Cabernet Franc with 4% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, hand-picked, destemmed but not crushed to retain whole berries, fermented to% alc., the wine aged 8 months in seasoned oak. 16.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $40.00." Drink 2018 - 2022

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Franc

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  • Maturity

    2018 - 2022

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



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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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