Hickinbotham The Nest Cabernet Franc 2018

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Campbell Mattinson
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Gary Walsh
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Nick Stock
SKU
HICF201810 UCAU
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Although only the Nest’s second vintage, the 2018 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish features fine velvety tannins. A showstopper now, one can only imagine the cellaring potential.
Although only the Nest’s second vintage, the 2018 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish features fine velvety tannins. A showstopper now, one can only imagine the cellaring potential.

Scores & Reviews

96 / 100

Campbell Mattinson

Excellent flow of ripe, berried, fruit-driven flavour with grass, dust and herb notes as complexing inflections. Perfectly integrated, and yet assertive, dusty tannin through the back half of the wine. There are no missteps here and lots of highlights. Velvety mouthfeel and the perfect application of cedar wood oak add finishing touches to a dramatically high quality red wine.

96 / 100

Gary Walsh

Second release of a straight Cab Franc from Hickinbotham, and it’s a beauty. Ripe dark raspberry, pencils and fine spicy biscuit oak, good perfume, a smattering of sweet dusty herbs and mint. It’s packing in plenty of ripe red and black fruit, roasted red pepper, feels supple and firm at once, and has a great sense of energy too. It’s succulent yet controlled. It lays on the charm and doesn’t let go. Of all the 2018 Hickinbotham releases, this is the wine that speaks to me most clearly. It’s exceptional.

94 / 100

Nick Stock

This has an intense delivery of redcurrants, raspberries and red plums with an attractive, leafy and bracken edge. The palate has a core of wild red berries with some chocolate also in the mix. Juicy, engaging and flavorful. Drink or hold. Screw cap.