2011 Cabernet Franc

2011 Cabernet Franc

Deep red in colour with a youthful purple rim, the nose of this wine is quite
expressive with violets, wild blueberry, cedar-smoke, and dark chocolate. Midweight on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a lengthy, spice-filled finish.

 

 


De-stemmed but minimally crushed, the grapes underwent a short cold-soak before undergoing a traditional red wine fermentation using both “rack & return” and pumpovers twice daily. After a total maceration time of 28 days on average, each lot was drained and pressed using a traditional wooden basket press. Racked off coarse solids into barrel, the wine spent the just over one year in barrel without racking or stirring, and underwent a full malo-lactic fermentation. Select barrels were chosen for this wine through a series of blind tastings, then taken off their lees and allowed to integrate together for a short period. This wine was coarse filtered to remove solids at the bottling line, and sealed using a screwcap to minimize bottle variation.

Awards & Accolades
Calling all Cabernet Franc lovers, this is a wonderfully flavourful, deftly crafted red. Complex aromas include a floral note, hints of roasted red pepper, mineral and sweet spice and a rush of red berry. Dry, medium bodied and tangy, displaying firm tannins, lively acidity and depth of red and black berry fruit. Spice, herbal notes and a hint of chocolate add complexity, garnishing the long-lasting, earthy, flavourful finish. Serve with grilled meats and vegetables - Susan Desjardins

Technical Details
Cooperage: French and American oak barrels (1/3 new oak) for 13 months.
Harvest Dates: October 18, 2011
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: 3.5g/l (sugar code = 0)
Total Acidity: 5.8g/l
pH: 3.80

Cellar Potential
Drinking best between 2013 and 2016

Release Date
March 1, 2013

Availability
Winery, select restaurants, and online