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Oliver

Cellar Door Price $17.40

Cabernet Franc 54.0%
Syrah 39.0%
Merlot 7.0%
Alcohol 14.2%
PH 5.9
Drinking Start Year 2013
Drinking End Year 2017

Bright, pristine red fruit in the aroma is followed with a full body on the palate with soft tannins. The wine is certainly accessible on its own but will match very well with stews, burgers, and any barbeque.

Growing Conditions

Throughout the entire growing season, the vines were perpetually about a week behind in their development which had many winemakers nervous. In the end however, the autumn harvest season was long, dry, and warm giving the vintage all the ripeness it needed. The overall quality of 2012 is very good. The wines from this vintage are highly aromatic, both reds and whites. The chemistries came in very balanced though some of the bigger reds came in a bit soft in acidity, yielding very full and soft wines. An exception to this is Merlot, whose tannins and their balance with fruit were outstanding, without exception.

Winemaking

The final blends of our top wines don’t necessarily match the actual volumes that we have in our cellar of the constituent parts of those blends, which means we have some extra wine which is in fact top flight. This wine is exactly that; the remaining proportions from our top wines. This wine was harvested and fermented in small batches in open top fermenters using only the native yeasts from the vineyard. After pressing it went through malolactic fermentation in thin stave French oak barrels, and was aged for a further 11 months in those barrels.

Nose

Pristine red fruit aromas

Palate

Full bodies with soft tannins

Appearance

Bright

Food Pairing

Stews, burgers, barbeque.


A Selection of Other Cabernet Franc's from Oliver


A Selection of Other Cabernet Franc's from Canada