2016 Cabernet Franc Estate | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 34.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. In this terroir, the combination of limestone-clay soil, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes yields a Cabernet Franc of great depth and complexity that will reward years of cellaring.
Vintage
2016 was an extremely warm, dry and ripe vintage with low-to- moderate yields. The Cabernet Francs possess outstanding depth, structure and complexity, holding promise for long-term ageing.
Composition
VarietiesCabernet Franc
Estate Grown 100%
Origin
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Topography
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% NNW
Soil
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct 19–25
Sugar 24.2º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.2 g/L
pH 3.25
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Vinification
A 21-day maceration and fermentation using indigenous yeasts; ageing for 16 months in French oak barriques, 20% new and 80% 2nd–6th fill
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Jul 2018
Alc./Vol 14.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 6.0 g/L
pH 3.69
Production 150 cs
Sensory Profile
Brooding aromas of cassis, black raspberry and black currant lead the way, set against notes of cedar, tar and minerals. The palate is full in body and very structured, with firm yet supple tannins throughout. Deeply saturated blackberry and black licorice flavours predominate, with nuances of sandalwood, black olive and tea, all driving with vigour and intensity into a refined, velvety finish.
Ageability
Best consumed 2021 through 2025; should continue to develop until at least 2028
Food Pairings
Roasted fowl (capon, turkey), mild sausages, seared duck, grilled steak, roast beef, vegetable tartine, soft goat's milk cheeses
Availability
Winery Exclusive • 072751

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