"Our 2014 Merlot Cabernet Franc is a blend of three different vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay. The blend includes fruit from Otane, the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle and picking took place between the 24th of March and the 7th of April. The grapes were fermented in a couple of small fermenters where they were hand plunged and pumped over to aid in extracting the maximum amount of flavour and colour from the berries."
Gloriously easy to drink this wine has rich flavours of dark plum, red berries and mocha with the Cabernet franc bringing a touch of spice. 2014 was one of Hawke’s Bays finest vintages, culminating in this elegant, expressive and very approachable wine.
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6 out of 6 customers rated Beach House (Hawkes Bay) 2014 Old School Cab/Merlot as good value for money.
By: Toby Farmer on 24 February 2015Very smooth but gutsy wine: very good valueWould you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Harry Jewiss on 6 August 2011This was an unusual red and the tongue delivered what the nose promised.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(3)
By: Linda SorensenWe pulled this one out the night of the big quake, so evaluation was done by torchlight. Of course, the cuisine of the evening had to be just about anything cooked up on the barbie. This wine has a lovely ruby red color, with cherries/plums/oak/cedar on the nose. Some rough tannins, but still quaffable on it's own. Taste of cherries with a touch of vanilla. We felt the strongest feature, unfortunately, was that this wine was very alcoholic. We also felt is was a bit weak in the Cab Franc character overall, but thought it would make a very good, well-accepted-by-lots-of-your-buddies BBQ wine.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(3)
By: SpadeBeach House Cabernet Franc 2009 from The Track Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. A dark and nearly opaque cherry red with a magenta rim, shiny and clear, and an oily-looking medium-high viscosity. The nose was scented with irises and plum fruit; gaining milk chocolate, vanillin oak, and green tobacco leaf--not dried. The palate was very concentrated and liquorice-like with again plum and tobacco leaf as well as bitter espresso notes. A powerful, intense wine but lacking the typical Cabernet Franc varietal fragrance and litheness on the palate; instead blocky, impenetrable, and seemingly overdone. Later gaining hints of iodine and iron while the fresh, clean finish lingered medium-long; slowly tapering but with a return of the bitter coffee bean oak character. Whereas the 2007 vintage of this wine was subtly oaked this one seemed heavy-handed and over-enthusiastic, obscuring the otherwise quality fruit. A poor match with corned beef, salad, and new potatoes, but it improved on the second day. This was largely due to the better food match of stuffed courgettes including bacon, cheese, and dried tomato, where the oil and salt in the food provided the wine with a better foil. Probably an even better match: a steak complete with a charred, partially-caramelised exterior. This wine will keep for many years but I’m uncertain whether it will improve with cellaring--the oak may simply continue to dominate.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Chantelle McCloat on 30 October 2018No comments left.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Jared Thomas on 17 February 2017No comments left.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)