2019 Cabernet Franc | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 18.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, nestled on a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. This hillside terroir, with its combination of limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating onshore breezes, provides ideal conditions for Cabernet Franc, yielding a robust wine with a spicy, mint-berry character unique to our site.
2019 was a temperate vintage with normal levels of heat, precipitation and yield. A sunny fall extended the harvest window, delivering structured, complex Cabernet Franc wines with medium to long-term ageability.
Varieties100% Cabernet Franc
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
Site100% Cave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
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 25–Nov 7
Sugar 23.2º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/L
pH 3.16
Yield 2.75 mt/ac (51 hl/ha)
A 4 week maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; ageing for 14 months in 225L and 500L oak barrels, 90% neutral and 10% new French; tminimal sulphite additions; the finished wine is unfiltered
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Mar 2021
Alc./Vol 14.0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 7.0 g/L
pH 3.34
Production 1,600 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium ruby. Nose Complex, integrated aromas of cherry-menthol, cedar, graphite and black licorice, with forest floor and eucalyptus in behind. Palate Medium bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins and macerating cherry fruit up front; the tannic grip loosens and broadens, melding with saturated cassis and black raspberry flavours in the middle; the finish is elegant and layered, with persistent notes of berry compote, blacktop, charcoal and peppermint.
Best consumed 2022 through 2026; will develop and hold through at least 2028; unfiltered at bottling, this wine may throw sediment; decanting is suggested
Food Pairings
Roasted poultry or turkey, beef brisket, Mitaki mushroom roast, vegan burritos or pupusas, roasted red pepper and eggplant dishes
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