2016 Cabernet Franc
20 months in 50% New French Oak
Broad and supple aromas of tobacco and cedar start before focused and defined blackcurrant notes finish.
Sourced from two award-winning vineyards - 76% Gunkel Vineyards (Estate) and 24% Tudor Hills Vineyard.
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with the grower and visited the vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. This single vineyard lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness in about 21 days. Only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was used in the making of this wine. The lots were then aged in French oak for 20 months. For the first year, this wine was stirred in the barrel on its lees and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months, the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before bottling.
Cases produced: 1,117