Production – 50 dozen / 600 Bottles
Colour: Deep red with purple hues.
Nose: Intense raspberry and perfumed floral high notes married with hints of blackcurrant and dark fruit jubes on the nose.
Palate: Juicy, mouth filling, ripe dark forest fruits with a red berry acidity supported by subtle spicy cedar, complimented by silky soft tannins providing a long and elegant finish.
Can be enjoyed now or cellared to 2019.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on March 16th.
Vinification: The grapes were hand picked in the cool of the morning then placed in open fermenters where the must was innoculated with a neutral yeast and fermentation began. The cap was hand plunged four times a day in the early stages of the ferment, to extract colour and tannin. After 10 days the wine was left on the skins for extended maturation for another 5 days. The free run jucie was drained and the fermented grapes were basket pressed. The wine then under-went a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of 50% new & 50% one and two year old French barriques and matured for 12 months. The Cabernet Franc was bottled in August 2015.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.9 % pH 3.6 TA 6.48 g/l
Vintage: The 2014 vintage represents the regions 8th successive year of favourable weather conditions across all varietals. There was minimal rain fall in the summer period, less than the average of 4%. The growing season was very typical of an excellent season, in terms of warm, sunny conditions with a mild ocean breeze, resulting in minimal disease pressure. There was ample Marri blossom thus bird damage was kept to a minimum; however we still netted the wines.
Vintage Rating: 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017
Bright crimson; has abundant juicy red fruits with hints of tobacco and rose petals. Seriously nice, Right Bank Bordeaux style. 93/100 cellar to 2029.
Ray Jordan’s West Australian Wine Guide 2017 – 93 points
Perfumed aromatics on the nose are distinctly cabernet franc. There is a lot more middle palate substance in here than you might expect with cab franc. Yet there is still that linear elegance and refinement that is expected. Sweet fruit, powdery tannins and gentle oak persuasion. Cellar 7 years. 93/100.