Hawke's Bay is renown for its Bordeaux-like gravel and clay based terroir. The great Bordeaux-style red blends of New Zealand come from this region.
Pyramid Valley 'Howell Family Vineyard' cabernet franc 2009 (Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)
The 2009 cabernet france is ripe and lush. It shows the dark, plummy side of what cabernet franc can be, rather than the savory side of the grape.