Cabernet Franc 2012
Wine Club Price $31.23
Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Gold
International Wine and Spirit Challenge - Silver
National Wine Awards of Canada 2015 - Bronze
Decanter Wine Awards - Bronze
Okanagan Spring Wine Festival - Best of Varietal Awards Finalist
Rich ruby red in colour. Our Cabernet Franc bouquet delivers alluring aromas of fresh tobacco, black plum, and honey. Fresh vanilla and cherry wood greets the palate, while lush tannins of blackberry and dark cherry linger in between. A soft yet structured mouth feel is complimented with notes of truffles and Herbs de Provence on the finish
In 2012, the winter months of January and February were normal aside for a brief cold snap where, for a few days, temperatures dipped to – 17 °C. The Spring months of March and April saw the season off to a slow start being two and a half weeks behind normal vineyard progress records. Prolonged coolness and low precipitation levels slowed bud break and bud development. May, June and early July had higher than average rainfall, with double precipitation levels in June, up to 80 mm, from norms of 35 mm. Summer was beautiful, mild and long. Temperatures hovered around 30°C and dry arid days created ideal conditions for vine and fruit growth. Late Summer and Fall months were long, warm and dry, bringing 6 weeks without rain. As a result, there was enhanced fruit ripening and phenolic development. Overall, 2012 was a fantastic growing season in our vineyards.
For each of the component vineyards, the bunches were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. The berries were crushed separately and cold soaked for four days before fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the Winter and finished in the Spring of the following year. For twenty one months, the wines from each varietal and vineyard were kept separate in 30% new oak and a combination of two to three year old French oak barrels until just before bottling when the final blend was determined. Our Cabernet Franc was further developed in bottle for eighteen months in our cellar prior to release.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.