2016 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:
89% Beamsville Bench, 11% Four Mile Creek  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench - limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Four Mile - red shale with a high silt and clay content 
 
Composition:
87% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 18 - Nov. 1
Sugar- 23.3º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 5.11 g/L
pH- 3.47
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acre (60hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 11 months in predominantly older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques. 4% of the blend consists of 2014 Cabernet Franc Appassimento. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- November 2017
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.3 g/L
pH- 3.6
Production- 270 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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