2019 Cabernet Franc Estate | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 37.95 • 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. Along these gentle slopes, the combination of limestone-clay soil, elevation and moderating onshore breezes yields a Cabernet Franc of great depth and complexity that will reward years of cellaring.
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 29
Sugar 24.1º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.4 g/L
pH 3.23
Yield 3.25 mt/ac (60 hl/ha)
A 4-week maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; ageing for 14 months in 3rd–5th fill, 500L and 225L, French oak barrels; minimal 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 6.9 g/L
pH 3.48
Production 310 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Deep garnet. Nose Aromas of black raspberry, cassis, currant and leather; undertones of white pepper, black cherry, clove and chocolate. Palate Full-bodied and tightly structured; on the attack, firm, fine-grained tannins, succulent cherry fruit and a touch of clove; the tannin structure broadens in the middle, filling out a core of ripe plum fruit and reinforcing the wine's plush, caramelly edges before tapering into a refined, persistent finish of macerating berries, allspice, mint and graphite.
Best consumed 2023 through 2028; will continue to develop through at least 2030; unfiltered at bottling, decanting is suggested
Food Pairings
Roasted fowl (capon, turkey), mild sausages, seared duck, grilled steak, roast beef, vegetable tartine, soft goat's milk cheeses; decanting suggested
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