2016 Cabernet Franc

VQA Niagara Peninsula
 
About This Wine:
This wine originates from selected Niagara Peninsula vineyards situated in close proximity to the south shore of Lake Ontario. In these areas, the combination of limestone and shale-laced clays, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes combine to capture the distinctive mint-berry character typical of Cabernet Franc in our region. 
 
Origin:
51% Four Mile Creek; 33% Beamsville Bench; 16% Lincoln Lakeshore  
 
Soil:
Four Mile Creek - red shale with high silt and clay content Beamsville Bench - limstone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale Lincoln Lakeshore - clay loam till overlying red shale 
 
Composition:
100% Cabernet Franc 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 28 - Nov. 8
Sugar- 22.2º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 5.29 g/L
pH- 3.45
Yield- 3.5 mt/acre (69 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 13 months in predominately older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques.  
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- March 2018
Alc./Vol. 13.5
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.75 g/L
pH- 3.6
Production- 1.980 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, juicy red cherry and blackcurrant fruit come to the fore, with notes of eucalyptus, tobacco leaf, cinnamon and mint in behind. The palate is medium-to-full in body with firm tannins and sour cherry fruit up front, nicely balanced in the middle by ripe cassis fruit and round, supple textures around the edges. A juicy thread of acidity is nicely integrated throughout, giving way to an intense and plush finish of dark berries, black pepper and coffee grinds. 
 
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 2018 through 2022; will hold through at least 2025 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$17.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#523001)
 
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