On track to become one of the signature varietals of the Okanagan Valley, Cabernet Franc really seems to thrive in the rugged Black Sage Bench desert climate. We source this fruit from Blue Sky Vineyard, a grower we’ve been working with since our founding over a decade ago. We have long used this grape as a compliment in our Meritage blend, however this vintage called out to stand alone as a single varietal. The aromatic displays of cedar, graphite and plum with flavours of cherry, leather and boysenberry demand to be in the spotlight. Barrel aged for over 24 months in American oak, the wine has satisfying berry characteristics with nicely balanced tannins. Accompany this wine with roast pork and cherry sauce, filet mignon, or a wheel of local Okanagan creamy blue cheese. We recommend decanting this unfiltered wine.
Cold soaked for 60 hours and open bin fermented, our winemaking team did old school hand punchdown three times daily for 10 days. This traditional approach provides the most gentle extraction technique of colour, flavour, tannin and intensity of this classic Loire Valley grape.
A long, warm summer was followed by an above average September of dry, warm days. October opened with some precipitation events, but quickly moderated and dried to allow our reds to be harvested late, but in excellent condition. Picked at the beginning of November, this Cabernet Franc benefited from the long ripening season and produced bold flavours from the outset.
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc Harvest Date Nov. 3, 2011 pH 3.8 • TA 6.5 g/L • RS 1.5 g/L
Vineyard: Blue Sky Vineyard, Oliver Harvest Brix 23.8 alcohol 13.1%
Cases produced 128