Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Made from our 50 year old vines, this Cabernet Franc reflects the elegance and finesse that only develops from vines that are perfectly suited to their terroir. The heady aromas show fresh fruit characters of blackberry and cherry, which meet cocoa and vanilla bean on the nose. A succulent and persistent palate follows of ripe raspberries and blackberries, supported by mild toasty notes. Well-crafted and complex, this vintage pairs beautifully with beef tenderloin or try duck breast with a raspberry jus.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; with Growing Degree Days (GDDs) the highest ever recorded in May. These warm, dry conditions resulted in bud break two weeks earlier than anticipated. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; making it the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure. Harvest commenced in early September, much earlier than normal. Overall, the 2016 vintage was outstanding for both whites and reds.
Winemaking notes: This premium reserve wine is crafted with grapes from our old vines Cabernet Franc of Block 3 on our estate, which was originally planted in 1968. Handpicked in excellent conditions over three days in mid-October, the grapes showed ideal flavours and ripeness. The fruit was gently fermented on the skins in our Italian Ganimede fermenters for an extended period to extract maximum colour and flavours. After a gentle press, the wine was settled and underwent malolactic fermentation and was then aged in a combination of French and American barrels. A classic wine with ripe fruit, superior structure and style, this vintage will age gracefully.
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