Sam Harrop's Grand Amateaur range takes a fresh look at winemaking and challenges the conventions and 'norms' of traditional winemaking techniques.
There are few straight cabernet franc releases on the market, with a large proportion of the fruit blended away into other reds, which makes this special Hawke's Bay release even more exciting. The palate shows red berry characters with a hint of toasty cedar from oak ageing. It's a structured wine that will unfold with time in the cellar.
The winery writes "The 2019 Grand Amateur Merchant is a fresh, cool climate red made exclusively from one of Hawkes Bays most exciting Cabernet Franc vineyards – The Howell Family Vineyard. In the tradition of the finest barrel aged Loire Cabernet Francs where Sam worked for 6 years, this fresh, elegant and perfumed red will reward patient wine lovers for 10-11 years from the vintage. Raspberries, cassis, blueberries, plum and a hint of tomato leaf are wonderfully balanced by a background toasty, cedar from oak ageing. More structure than the 2018, but still a lighter expression of this noble variety."