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Sileni EV Merlot Cabernet Franc

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Sileni EV Merlot Cabernet Franc

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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
EV stands for 'exceptional vintage', and the distinguished 1998 lives up to its billing. Based on the best blocks of fruit, in the Ngatarawa triangle and the Dartmoor Valley, it is an 80/20 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, matured for 14 months in French (90 per cent) and American oak barriques (80 per cent new). Beautifully dark, it has a voluminous bouquet, spicy and cedary. Packed with rich, brambly fruit, it's a more forward wine than the Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds of the vintage, warm, savoury, leathery and notably complex.
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