2018 Cabernet Franc | Niagara Escarpment | Estate Grown

$ 17.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, nestled on a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario. This hillside terroir, with its combination of limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating onshore breezes, provides ideal conditions for Cabernet Franc, yielding a robust wine with a spicy, mint-berry character unique to our site.
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%
AppellationNiagara Escarpment
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation80–155 m (260–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure2–6% / 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 10–16
Sugar 22.7º Brix
Titratable Acidity 5.2 g/L
pH 3.38
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, 10% 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 3.60
Production 575 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium purple. Nose Concentrated and complex, with aromas of cedar, licorice, tar, plum, blackberries and red cherry. Palate Medium bodied with juicy black currant fruit and a supple, cacao butter feel up front; the mid-palate shows refined tannins and ripe black cherry fruit at the core, with velvety edges; the tannins taper and soften on the finish, drawing notes of dried red cherry, blacktop and mint onto a subtle, polished finish.
Best consumed 2020 through 2024; will develop through at least 2026; unfiltered, this wine may throw sediment
Food Pairings
Roasted poultry or turkey, beef brisket, Mitaki mushroom roast, vegan burritos or pupusas, roasted red pepper and eggplant dishes
Winery, Vintages • 523001

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