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Fenton Cabernet Merlot Franc

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Fenton Cabernet Merlot Franc

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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in 1995 and 1994 it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal variety, supplemented by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 2000 vintage matured in 'newish' French oak barriques, is smooth and forward, with blackcurrant and spice flavours, oak complexity and very good depth.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in the 1993 and 1994 vintages it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the key variety, with the remaining 20 per cent devoted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, The 1996 to 1998 vintages were made by Kim Crawford and matured in new American oak, but the 1999, made by John Hancock at Trinity Hill, is being aged in French oak. Fullish in colour, although not dense, the 1997 vintage is a supple wine with cassis and red berry flavours. It lacks the power of the 1993 and 1994 (both magnificent now), but is an attractive drink-young proposition.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in the 1993 and 1994 vintages it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the key variety, with the remaining 20 per cent devoted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, The 1996 to 1998 vintages were made by Kim Crawford and matured in new American oak, but the 1999, made by John Hancock at Trinity Hill, is being aged in French oak. Fullish in colour, although not dense, the 1997 vintage is a supple wine with cassis and red berry flavours. It lacks the power of the 1993 and 1994 (both magnificent now), but is an attractive drink-young proposition.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in the 1993 and 1994 vintages it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the key variety, with the remaining 20 per cent devoted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, The 1996 to 1998 vintages were made by Kim Crawford and matured in new American oak, but the 1999, made by John Hancock at Trinity Hill, is being aged in French oak. Fullish in colour, although not dense, the 1997 vintage is a supple wine with cassis and red berry flavours. It lacks the power of the 1993 and 1994 (both magnificent now), but is an attractive drink-young proposition.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in the 1993 and 1994 vintages it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the key variety, with the remaining 20 per cent devoted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, The 1996 to 1998 vintages were made by Kim Crawford and matured in new American oak, but the 1999, made by John Hancock at Trinity Hill, is being aged in French oak. Fullish in colour, although not dense, the 1997 vintage is a supple wine with cassis and red berry flavours. It lacks the power of the 1993 and 1994 (both magnificent now), but is an attractive drink-young proposition.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
Fenton is a little-known Waiheke Island producer, but in the 1993 and 1994 vintages it made magical reds. It is grown at Barry Fenton's Twin Bays vineyard at Oneroa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is the key variety, with the remaining 20 per cent devoted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, The 1996 to 1998 vintages were made by Kim Crawford and matured in new American oak, but the 1999, made by John Hancock at Trinity Hill, is being aged in French oak. Fullish in colour, although not dense, the 1997 vintage is a supple wine with cassis and red berry flavours. It lacks the power of the 1993 and 1994 (both magnificent now), but is an attractive drink-young proposition.
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