2018 Cabernet Franc

VQA Niagara Escarpment
 
About This Wine:
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario At this site, limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes provide ideal conditions for Cabernet Franc, yielding a robust wine with a mint-berry character unique to our terroir 
 
Origin:
100% Beamsville Bench  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench - limstone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; 
 
Composition:
100% Cabernet Franc 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 12 - 16
Sugar- 22.7º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 5.21 g/L
pH- 3.48
Yield- 2 mt/acre  
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 14 months in predominantly older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques.  100% of the wine was fermented using indigenous yeast naturally present on the grapes. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- March 2020
Alc./Vol. 13.5
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6 g/L
pH- 3.6
Production- 577 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 2020 through 2023; will hold through at least 2026 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$17.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery only
 
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