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2012 Howell Family Cabernet Franc – only 171 cases produced
1.35 tonnes tonnes/acre from a tiny parcel on red-metal soils, in the Bridge Pa triangle, farmed meticulously by friend, mentor, and inspiration Chris Howell. A long cooler season resulted in a very long hang time resulting in one our most aromatic Cabernet Francs we have every produced from this special site. Hand picked, hand sorted, transferred to tank by gravity, indigenous vineyard yeast cultures used, fermented in old barrels for 14 months, unfined, unfiltered, no additives used and zero sulphur used.
Deep red, lifting to garnet at the rim.
Fresh and spicy on the nose: cherry, black tea, crushed pink peppercorns, cinnamon, with a pretty combination of fruit and leaf, like bourgeon de cassis. Also crushed aromatic herbs – bay, oregano, thyme. No new oak, but nevertheless a fragrant sandalwood note.
Flavours of Bing cherry, and again, generous spice and herbs – cinnamon and thyme, especially. Already quite settled and fine, less brash or boisterous than many vintages. Calm, but long, with little detonations of fruit and spice. A wine that encourages you to listen intently, and to engage.
A real tribute to the Howells’ great work, and their eye for a strong site, from a year that challenged many. Alcohol 12.5%, 171 cases produced
Kerner Estate Marlborough Pinot Blanc 2012 – only 260 cases produced
3.4 tonnes/acre from this cool, strong-soiled site on Fareham Lane in the Waihopai Valley. A nearly ideal year: even and sufficient, never extreme, throughout the season. Accordingly, there’s harmony and balance in the wine – just as there were in the vines – rendering this one of our favourite vintages. Hand picked, whole bunch pressed, no settling; indigenous primary and malolactic fermentations, enduring 10 months. Raised in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Bottled in April 2013. Very pale straw yellow. Fresh and charming on the nose, clean and pretty: orchard blossoms, alyssum, golden peach; also fresh brioche notes. Ripe, autumnal notes as well – pear, quince tart. Seems to hold all three seasons of the growing year in one bouquet. Pear and pastry again on the palate, with lovely, lingering flavours of fruit baked with spice: tartetatin, say, made with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice. Compelling lightness of being, allied to real intensity and length. Alcohol 13.5%, 260 cases produced