Wine of the week

2014 Pyramid Valley Growers’ Collection Howell Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc $61-ish

It’s the best 100% Cabernet Franc I’ve ever tasted, a humbling wine with its incredibly surprisingly and pretty red plum perfume and bone dry style. This wine made was made with indigenous (rather than commercially purchased) yeasts by North Canterbury winemakers Mike and Claudia Weersing, who bought the grapes from the Howell family in Hawke’s Bay.

It’s pricey but sometimes you do get what you pay for – this is an iron fist, velvet glove and all that accompanies both.