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2015 Cabernet Franc

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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About This Wine:
This wine originates from selected parcels of our vineyards located on the benchlands of the Niagara Escarpment. Along these gentle slopes overlooking Lake Ontario, limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes combine to capture the distinctive mint-berry character typical of Cabernet Franc in our terroir.  
 
Origin:
100% Beamsville Bench  
 
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 
 
Composition:
100% Cabernet Franc 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 27
Sugar- 24.1º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 5.4 g/L
pH- 3.36
Yield- 3.5 mt/acre (65 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
12 day cold maceration followed by fermentation using selected yeast strains; ageing for 18 months in 10% new and 90% older French and Hungarian oak barriques and puncheons. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- April 2017
Alc./Vol. 14.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6 g/L
pH- 3.48
Production- 1,275 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose exhibits abundant cassis, blackberry and black cherry aromas alongside notes of mint, clove and smoke. The palate is full in body, bursting with bright cherry and ripe plum flavours, all the while restrained by firm, well-integrated tannins and cedary complexity. Fresh, juicy and well-rounded throughout, it finishes with persistent dark berry fruit along with hints of thyme and coffee. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Grilled steaks, hearty beef stews, Shepherd’s pie, pasta with Bolognese sauce, pork chops with herbs & olives, coq au vin, roasted game birds 
 
Ageability:
Best consumed 2017 through 2021; will hold through at least 2023 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$17.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO (523001)
LCBO Item #523001
 
Reviews & Accolades:
Wine Align: his sports quite deep ruby garnet colour. The fruit is nicely ripe and raspberry-scented but there is considerable oak chocolate, resin, vanilla and smoke as well. It is medium-full bodied, elegant, fairly deep and smooth - very little cab franc greenness present. It has fine tannin, some richness and very good length. I would age this another year or two for better oak integration Tasted twice Sept 2017. 89 points. David Lawrason
 

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