Cabernet Franc 2013 3L
October 9th - November 6th, 2013
Deep garnet red in colour. Our Cabernet Franc bouquet delivers sultry aromas of sweet oak, black plum, and sage. Raspberry jam and dried plum greets the palate, while lush tannins of blackberry and caramel linger in between. A soft yet structured mouthfeel is complimented with notes of crème brûlée and sandalwood on the finish.
Finally in 2013, Mother Nature offered us a break from the previous few years of difficult and challenging vintages. The 2013 winter was fairly mild. An early and warm spring saw the vines bud two weeks prior to normal average. The glorious hot spell that arrived for May long weekend found us barely able to keep up with the growth in the vineyards. Our Osoyoos vineyard Chardonnay vines started flowering in early June and berry set took place in a record three days. The rest of the vines followed in succession. July proved to be a winner when it came to temperature and intensity. These great growing conditions continued until mid-September when it cooled down significantly. Picking of the fruit was done at peak ripeness and flavour intensity. Overall, 2013 will go on record as a top vintage.
87% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec
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 twelve months in our cellar prior to release.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.