Made from our 50 year old vines, this Cabernet Franc reflects the elegance and finesse that only develops from vines that are perfectly suited to their terroir. The heady aromas show fresh fruit characters of blackberry and cherry, which meet cocoa and vanilla bean on the nose. A succulent and persistent palate follows of ripe raspberries and blackberries, supported by mild toasty notes. Well-crafted and complex, this vintage pairs beautifully with beef tenderloin or try duck breast with a raspberry jus.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; with Growing Degree Days (GDDs) the highest ever recorded in May. These warm, dry conditions resulted in bud break two weeks earlier than anticipated. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; making it the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure. Harvest commenced in early September, much earlier than normal. Overall, the 2016 vintage was outstanding for both whites and reds.
Winemaking notes: This premium reserve wine is crafted with grapes from our old vines Cabernet Franc of Block 3 on our estate, which was originally planted in 1968. Handpicked in excellent conditions over three days in mid-October, the grapes showed ideal flavours and ripeness. The fruit was gently fermented on the skins in our Italian Ganimede fermenters for an extended period to extract maximum colour and flavours. After a gentle press, the wine was settled and underwent malolactic fermentation and was then aged in a combination of French and American barrels. A classic wine with ripe fruit, superior structure and style, this vintage will age gracefully.
Wines in Niagara - Rick Vansickle (Oct 2018) : 91 pts
From the estate’s 50-year-old vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench, the nose is pure and impressive with brambly raspberry, cherry, blackberry, savoury spices, cocoa and subtle earth and fine herbs. Meaty and rich on the palate, it’s a full-bodied Cab Franc with a mouth-filling range of red fruits, spice, herbs and supporting tannins that all nicely integrated right now, but with still room to improve in bottle 4+ years.
Wine Scores - Daenna Van Mulligen (Nov 2018) : 91 pts
Spicy, intense, earthy,
Made from some of the oldest Cabernet Franc vines in BC, this intense Cab Franc is rolls out spicy and meaty aromas, which are layered with leather, licorice, and mocha. It has a textural chewiness, is mouth-filling and has obvious oak contact; but at the core it is fresh, earthy and shows concentrated wild berry flavours.
Suggested pairings: Game meats, lamb, roast duck or hearty stews and pastas.
John Schreiner at Goodgrog - John Schreiner (Feb 2019) : 92 pts
This wine shows the depth and complexity than can be achieved with old vines (about 50 years old). The wine, which was aged 18 months in oak (75% French, 25% American), begins with what the winery calls a “heady” aroma – blackberry, black cherry and vanilla. The palate shows richly layered fruit – blackberry, raspberry – with notes of leather and tobacco on the long finish.