|Residual Sugar (G/L)||3.0|
|Full Cases (of 12) Produced||270|
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. In this terroir, the combination of limestone-clay soil, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes yields a Cabernet Franc of great depth and complexity that will reward years of cellaring.
A 14-day maceration and fermentation using indiginous yeasts; ageing for 14 months in French oak barriques, 20% new and 80% 2nd-6th fill
Best consumed 2021 through 2025; should continue to develop until at least 2028
2017 was marked by a cool growing season followed by a sunny, dry fall with extended ripening, Cabernet Franc was the star of the vintage, producing saturated yet silky wines with medium to long-term ageability.
Brooding aromas of cassis, black raspberry and black currant lead the way, set against notes of cedar, tar and minerals. The palate is full in body and very structured, with firm yet supple tannins throughout. Deeply saturated blackberry and black licorice flavours predominate, with nuances of sandalwood, black olive and tea, all driving with vigour and intensity into a refined, velvety finish.
Roasted fowl (capon, turkey), mild sausages, seared duck, grilled steak, roast beef, vegetable tartine, soft goat's milk cheeses