2017 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:
100% Beamsville Bench (100% Cave Spring Vineyard)  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench - limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale;  
 
Composition:
88% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 23 - Nov. 1
Sugar- 23.3º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 7.30 g/L
pH- 3.26
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acre (60hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 9 months in predominantly older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques. 4% of the blend consists of 2014 Cabernet Franc Appassimento. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- September 2018
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.75 g/L
pH- 3.48
Production- 480 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
A mix of fresh herbs, especially mint, savoury, and tarragon, along with aromas of sour cherry and black pepper greet the nose. Medium in body, notes of herbs and spice continue on the palate, with black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and star anise mingling with rich, dark plum fruit and earthy tones. On the middle, soft, silky tannins and a pleasing lift of acidity emerge to provide structure and clarity, giving way to lingering nuances of smoke and game on the finish. Defined by classic varietal traits of mint-cherry and spice, this Cabernet Franc stands out for its plush textures and overall richness. 
 
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 2019 through 2022; will hold through at least 2025. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$24.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery Only
 
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