This Cabernet Franc has beautiful aromas of black cherry, plum and caramel, along with some savoury notes of Tellicherry peppercorn and eucalyptus. On the palate is cassis and good tannin integration with subtle spice flavours, silky texture and supple mouthfeel. Leaning towards full bodied this wine will go well with herb encrusted roasted pork and roasted potatoes.
Produced solely from Rock Pocket Vineyard. As the name suggests, the stony soils add minerality and complexity to the wine. The stones also retain heat throughout the cool September evenings. The Cabernet Franc was aged in 14 French and American oak barrels for 24 months.
The 2015 season in the Okanagan Valley can be summed up in one word — fantastic. An early spring start provided the necessities for superior vine growth. July and August were very sunny and hot leading to good sugar development within the grapes and much earlier ripening than normal. We began our earliest harvest on record, on August 22, and by the end of September completed the bulk of our grape picking. September was similarly, warm and sunny with slightly cooler nights allowing for continued phenolic ripening. A harvest for the record books, was finished at our earliest date ever, October 8.
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Brix: 24.8 B average
Harvest Date: September 26
Vineyards: Rock Pocket Vineyard, Oliver
Technical data: pH 3.76 TA 6.3 g/L RS 2.1 g/L
Magnums produced: 90 bottles