4.5 STARS 91/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
FOUR STARS 18/20 | Raymond Chan
91 POINTS | Gary Walsh
This Bone Line's flagship blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Layers of dark plum flavours flood the palate with leafy tobacco complexity from the Cabernet component adding interest and depth. This is refined wine that more than nods its cap to the wines of Bordeaux. Recommended.
A blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, vines up to 28 years old.
The winery writes "Iridium is our flagship red wine here at The Boneline – planted in 1980’s it contains some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the country, tucked in to a natural amphitheatre type bend in the Waipara river that traps serious heat in our dry summers – enough to ripen these late varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot. Deep purple magenta colour. Each variety shows itself in the nose, dark chocolate / mocha & plum notes from the Merlot, smouldering tobacco, cedar & cassis from the Cabernet & violets, red-currants & graphite from the Franc. Palate shows sturdy structural tannins that cloak deep dark pastille at it’s core made slightly savoury by bay leaf, black olive & anise. Iridium ’14 shows a typical maritime edge, and with time we expect this wine to relax & reveal rue complexity from its smoky depths."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "It is complex and engaging on the nose showing dark fruit, cigar box, anise, black olive and smoked game notes. The palate is wonderfully weighted and succulent, displaying sweet berry flavours combined with rich spicy/savoury notes. Harmonious and flavoursome, while remaining elegant and refined. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. At its best: now to 2021."