Years ago we played around with this variety from our very young vines, it was gorgeous but not a variety that met the needs of the wine drinking public back then. In 2017 the gloves are off and anything is possible so we have revisited this blend thinking cab franc is such a beautiful variety, fragrant, herby, delicate. It fits the model for a lighter modern red for our al fresco lifestyle. Again a small batch and perfect summer drinking and maybe worth tucking away a few years to see it come out of its skin a bit.
VARIETIES 75% Cabernet franc, 25% Sauvignon blanc
Medium term 5-8 years
VINEYARD Barton estate and our vineyard
VINE AGE Almost 20 years
SOIL Duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay
VINTAGE NOTES A pretty good year, warm to fucking hot, no rain, small crops
WINEMAKING NOTES Cabernet Franc rocessed as whole berries, a natural ferment and then left on-skins for three weeks. Sauvignon blanc, whole-cluster carbonic maceration, then introduced to it dance partner. Matured in small 5 year old French oak cask.
ANALYSIS pH3.7, TA5.7g/l, FSO2 27ppm
PRODUCTION 150 dozen