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2015 Cabernet Franc Dolomite

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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About This Wine:
This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, these rock strata have come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment’s benchlands below. Grown in selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this cabernet franc bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the spice and mint-berry flavours that are this wine’s hallmark. 
 
Origin:
85.5% Beamsville Bench, 14.5% Lincoln Lakeshore  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Lincoln Lakeshore - clay loam till overlying red shale 
 
Composition:
85.5% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 22 - 27
Sugar- 24.1º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 5.52 g/L
pH- 3.43
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acre (60hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
14-day maceration; fermentation using selected yeast strains; ageing for 18 months in 10% new and 90% older French, Hungarian and American 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- 3.50
Production- 840 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose exhibits abundant cassis and blackberry aromas, cedary complexity and subtle notes of mint, cacao and caramel. Medium in body, the palate is dry yet replete with sweet, dark berry and a core of firm, ripe and perfectly integrated tannins that taper elegantly toward the back end, drawing notes of cassis, coffee grinds, dried herbs and butterscotch long onto the finish. 
 
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:
$24.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery Only
 
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