|Drinking Start Year||2016|
|Drinking End Year||2022|
Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand-leaf removal and hand-harvest. Tawse Winery has been sourcing fruit from the sustainably-farmed Laundry vineyard since 2001. Home to some of the oldest Cabernet Franc vines in Niagara, 60% of which are 20+ years old, this vineyard benefits from the tempering effect of Lake Ontario and produces aromatic and complex wines.
2012 was an exceptional growing season with a long, hot and dry summer. This resulted in a fruit-forward and fuller bodied Cabernet Franc not typical of the Laundry Vineyard. The usual presence of herbal notes have been replaced by cedar and blackberry on the nose, with smooth but firm tannins on the palate. Notes of raspberries and a long finish round out this gorgeous wine.
Cabernet Franc has terrific food pairing potential because of its spicy character and lively acidity. A reflection of the excellent 2012 vintage, this robust wine will pair wonderfully with cherry-glazed pan-seared lamb chops, beef cheek ragu or moussaka.