Munson Cabernet Franc 2012
Wine Club Price $31.23
Our third vintage of Cabernet Franc in the Single Vineyard series from our home site at Munson Mountain. Collect a vertical of 2010, 2011 & 2012 while stock lasts.
Our third vintage of Cabernet Franc in the Single Vineyard series from our home site at Munson Mountain. Deep burgundy with immediate aromas of warm cedar and blackberry. Hearty flavours of black cherry and cassis marry with hints of almond and strawberry jam. Typically, this is the very last fruit we pick each year, and the extra time in the sun helps this wine to deliver a full-bodied mouth feel with ripe tannins and balanced acidity.
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.
Much of the Cabernet Franc in the Munson Mountain Vineyard was planted in 2008 by the owners of Poplar Grove and their friends and family. The vines ripen just below the picnic area at the new winery. In 2011, the Cabernet Franc was hand-picked at 23.6°B and sorted in the Munson Mountain estate vineyard by the entire Poplar Grove Winery team. The clusters were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The berries were crushed and held cold for three days. The wine was kept separate for 21 months in both new and older French oak barrels until just before bottling when the final blend was determined. Our Cabernet Franc was further developed in bottle for 14 months in our cellar prior to release.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.