Arguably our most powerful red this vintage, this Cabernet Franc proves once again that Niagara provides an ideal terroir for this special grape. Dark and rich with black raspberry, smoked chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes with firm tannins and amazing length.
Enjoy now in big glasses after decanting to let the wine air out a little or cellar for the mid-term – will certainly continue to improve until 2020 and beyond. Will pair well with roasted red meats, game or rich, slow-cooked winter stews. Also ideal for pairing with hard cheeses.
Our Cabernet Franc Reserve is made from a selection of lots from French oak barrels from our three blocks of Cabernet Franc in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. The fruit was hand harvested into small bins in October and November. Destemming and crushing followed after strict manual sorting to remove any unwanted bunches and fermentation and maceration took place over 7-14 days in stainless steel tanks during which regular pigeage was performed to ensure full colour and fruit tannins were extracted. All wines were moved to French oak barrels, of which 15% were new. After malolactic fermentation they remained in oak for 18 months after which time the selection and subsequent blending of 8 barrels took place. The final blend was bottled in August 2015.