2019 Cabernet Franc Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 27.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
The name ‘Dolomite’ refers to the type of limestone that form the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the hillsides below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Beamsville Bench vineyard, this Cabernet Franc bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of our site contribute to the mint-berry character and lush feel that are the wine’s hallmark.
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
SiteCave 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 25–29
Sugar 23.2º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.6 g/L
pH 3.15
Yield 4.0 mt/ac (74 hl/ha)
A 4 week maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; ageing for 14 months in 225L and 500L oak barrels, 85% neutral and 15% new and French; minimal sulphite additions; the finished wine is unfiltered
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Apr 2021
Alc./Vol 14.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 7.5 g/L
pH 3.30
Production 1700 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium ruby. Nose Macerating black cherries, pencil shavings, cassis and fennel seed; nuances of sea salt, black top, cracked pepper and rosemary. Palate Medium bodied, dry, firmly structured; up front, fine-grained tannins, juicy black raspberry fruit and a briny tone; the tannins broaden in the middle, surrounded by succulent red cherry fruit and supple edges; the tannic core tapers yet remains dense, delivering a full, chewy finish loaded with ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit alongside hints of toasted almond and clove.
Best consumed 2022 through 2026; will develop and hold through at least 2028; unfiltered at bottling, decanting is suggested
Food Pairings
Roasted fowl (Guinea hen, turkey), mild sausages, duck roast, grilled steak, beef short ribs vegetable lasagne, grilled portobello mushroom
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