Fragrances capture black cherry, nutmeg, peppercorn, cedar and graphite.
This supple, fruity-textured wine tastes of dark fruits, blackcurrant and raspberry with nuances of vanilla and spice.
Picked at Wismer Vineyard on November 7th as grape sugars averaged 22.9° Brix.
After fermentation in neutral oak cuves, the wine was transferred for malo-lactic fermentation and ageing in French oak barrels, 10% of which were new. After eight months it was racked to older barrels to age for another five months.
At the time of bottling, in December 2018, alcohol was measured at 13%; residual sugar at 1.5 grams per Litre and titratable acidity, 6.8 grams per litre and pH: 3.45.
Only 242 cases were bottled.
Near 14° C with roast pork or lamb, beef stew or pasta in herbed tomato sauce.
17/20 Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com Bought-in fruit from Wismer. Highest elevation on the Bench but not as high as Vinemount Ridge. By Balls Falls. Mid cherry red. Pure, fragrant, classic Cab Franc. Herbal, gently chewy, so scented on the palate. Pure, long and refreshing with that fine herbaceous character yet fully ripe fruit. (JH)