Production – 50 dozen / 600 Bottles – limited release.
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. A wonderful example of this versatile variety.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on March 9th.
Vinification: The grapes were 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. The free run juice was drained and the fermented grapes were basket pressed. The wine then under-went a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid and racked to a mix of 50% new & 50% one and two year old French barriques where it matured for 12 months. The Cabernet Franc was bottled in July 2016. Can be enjoyed now or will age gracefully to 2019.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.00 % pH 3.6 TA 6.48 g/l
Vintage: Margaret River vineyards produced lower than expected grape yields across all varieties in vintage 2015. The cause can be traced back to adverse weather conditions that affected primordial bud formation, followed by a-typical cool and unsettled conditions in November and December 2015 which impacted flowering and fruit set. Winter was warmer than usual. Disease pressure was minimal, although birds such as Silver Eyes were a problem due to the delayed blossoming of marri flowers so the vineyard was netted. Once again the quality was exceptional in all varieties.
Vintage Rating: 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
94pts – The Wine Front, Gary Walsh, July 2017
I’d love to see more Cabernet Franc dominant wines coming out of Margaret River. 50 dozen made.
Raspberry, redcurrant, a rosy perfume, dried herb and coffee. Medium bodied, bright red fruit and blackcurrant, a slight earthiness and toasted oak, but lively wine at its core, with supple tannin and pleasing freshness. Finish is clean and long, really leaps up after the more subdued mid-palate, with gravelly tannin to close. It’s a beautiful thing.
93pts – Ray Jordan – The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
Okay, something a a little different. Viva la difference. It’s a very limited production wine from a variety generally used as a blending component. This is heady stuff. Highly perfumed with violets and red currant notes and even a bit of raspberry confection. Smooth and seamless palate, but one that has structure and poise. A nice alternative variety and worth a serious look.