Production: 118 Cases
Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts
Variety or Blend: Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Designation: Foxcroft Vineyard
Region: Twenty Mile Bench
Vine Age: 15-20 years
Soil: Mostly clay with limestone.
Wine Style: Dry
Oak: 100% French Oak, 33% New Oak, aged for 16 months.
Alcohol Content: 13.6%
TA: 5.3 g/L
RS: <3.0 g/L
Ageing: Drink now through 2027
Serving Temperature: 14 – 18 degrees Celsius
The 2015 Foxcroft Vineyard Cabernet Franc was harvested with perfect balance and phenolic ripeness. We started by de-stemming all of the fruit and about 50% of the fruit was crushed, while the other 50% remained whole berry during a 5-7 day cold soak. After cold soaking, we warmed up the fruit for alcoholic fermentation. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete and the tannin structure is right, we gently pressed each batch of wine off of the skins and pumped it to a settling tank. After settling, each batch of wine was put into specially selected barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine was sulphured in barrel to preserve the character and fruit and continues to age with careful monitoring for 16 months. Through tasting and blending trials, each variety or batch of wine is then taken out of barrels, when ready, and blended into tank to integrate as the final wine. This Cabernet Franc is specifically selected barrels whose quality and balance was integrated, elegant and the best
for blending to create this small batch wine. A light filtration is carried out before bottling.
Dark garnet with a fuchsia hue.
Sweet black fruits, fragrant violets and dried tobacco lift out of the glass. Figs, prune, cherry, blackberry, leather and spice follow. Underlying hints of graphite and vanilla tantalize your nose.
A dark wine with great depth. Fruit flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants and dates are on the forefront of the palate, followed by figs, violets and leather. A medium-full bodied blend with a textured mid-palate of layered, gripping, tannins and balanced acidity, extend to the med-long finish. Lingering flavours of currants, cigar box, graphite and barrel toast remain on the finish. Secondary complexities persist in the background of this wine and will continue to develop and integrate over time. A wine to drink with red meats or to age in your cellar.