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Blanc de Franc 2022

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Blanc de Franc 2022
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Wine Specs
Cabernet Franc
Naramata Bench
Harvest Date
October 28th, 2022
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release.
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Medium gold in colour with aromas of ripe Okanagan peaches, white cherry and a hint of river stone. The palate offers notes of nectarine, white cranberry with a bracing minerality. Medium acidity with a tart, moderate finish. Pair with a fennel salad or a creamy mussel dish.
Vineyard Notes
The 2022 vintage arrived from a very challenging 2021 winter with an arctic outflow that lasted for almost 2 weeks. Fortunately, all of our vineyards escaped the extreme cold unscathed. The rest of the 2022 winter was seasonal with the occasional dip in temperature past -8°C. Cool early spring temperatures led to a bud burst that was 10 – 14 days later than average and a slow start to the growing season. The cool weather and above average rainfall persisted through the entire spring. By the end of June, the weather had turned around and the typical dry, hot summer weather arrived and persisted until mid- August. A couple of typical Okanagan heatwaves came our way in July. Mid-August saw two weeks of unruly summer storms during which our vineyard on Upper Bench Road suffered a 15% crop loss due to hail damage. September was beautiful with +30°C temperatures for the first two weeks and clear skies throughout. For the last two weeks of September and the entire month of October the weather was beautiful with +25°C every day making these two months perfect for ripening grapes.
Production Notes
Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes. The Blanc de Franc is a white wine made from small blocks of Cabernet Franc from our Haynes Creek vineyard in Osoyoos. Harvested on October 28th at 23.3 brix, the grapes were hand sorted and pressed with no skin contact. The cool micro-climate vineyard sites allowed the grapes to keep their acidity. At the same time, optimal flavour development was encouraged without over developing skin colour which enabled us to treat this special batch of red grapes like a premium white wine.
Other Notes
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release.