Munson Mountain Cabernet Franc 2018
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Munson Cabernet Franc
October 31, 2018
The 2018 Munson Mountain Cabernet Franc will develop for well over a decade. Drink now through 2030.
Deep ruby red in colour, with aromas of black currant, liquorice root, and gun flint. Flavours of sweet cherry with undertones of tobacco and a hint of minerality. Velvety tannins and medium acidity allow for a long, savoury finish. This full-bodied wine will cellar for well over a decade.
The 2018 growing season was similar to 2017. Spring started off slowly and was wetter than average. 2018 found the vineyards two weeks behind our normal bud burst. Once the warmer weather arrived mid-spring, it caused the above average snow levels in the mountains to melt rapidly resulting in another year of flooding. The flooding did not wash any topsoil away and, after a challenging start, the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set. Once summer arrived, it was hot and dry which tested our vineyard crews to pay close attention to irrigation regimes and leaf-tofruit ratios. The vineyards soaked up the summer sunshine; meticulous farming and careful yield management allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine. September was wet. After each rainfall, the tractors were driven down the vineyard rows to blow the water off the vines and fruit ensuring there was no opportunity for mold to develop. A beautiful autumn saw the perfect weather to allow the fruit to catch up after a wet September.
2018 is a micro-selection of the best lots from our home vineyard on the slope of Penticton’s landmark Munson Mountain, just below the winery. The criteria are all about quality and barrel selection. In 2018, the Cabernet Franc was hand picked and sorted in the Munson Mountain estate vineyard by the Poplar Grove Winery team. The berries were crushed and held cold for three days. The wine was kept separate for 18 months in both new and older French oak barrels and then assembled for bottling. Our Cabernet Franc further developed in bottle for 18 months prior to release.