2018 Cabernet Franc Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 24.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
The name ‘Dolomite’ refers to the type of limestone that form the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the hillsides below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Beamsville Bench vineyard, this Cabernet Franc bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute the mint-berry and spice character that is its hallmark.
2018 was a warm vintage with normal precipitation levels and low yields. Cabernet Franc ripened in its normal window, producing succulent wines with fine-grained tannins and long-term agability.
Varieties100% Cabernet Franc
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct 12–14
Sugar 22.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity 5.1 g/L
pH 3.47
Yield 2.0 mt/ac (37 hl/ha)
14-day maceration followed by 14-day fermentation using only indigenous yeasts; ageing for 14 months in 225L and 500L oak barrels, 85% neutral and 15% new; the oak was French, Hungarian and American in origin
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Mar 2020
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.0 g/L
pH 3.59
Production 865 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium purple. Nose Dense, saturated aromas of macerating blackberry, cassis and plum; notes of blacktop, crushed stone and mint. Palate Medium bodied with fine-grained tannin, red currant and menthol up front; the tannins build in the middle, creating tension with the wine's dense core of jammy, dark berry fruit; the tannins release, giving way to a poised, persistent finish of mixed berries, cedar, mint and graphite.
Best consumed 2021 through 2026; will develop through at least 2028; unfiltered at bottling, decanting is recommended
Food Pairings
Roasted fowl (Guinea hen, turkey), mild sausages, duck roast, grilled steak, beef short ribs vegetable lasagne, grilled portobello mushroom
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