Aromas of mixed berries and a touch of violet flowers and light cedar. The palate comprises rich fruit flavours of fig and berries. Complexity and length is a feature with a dry finish. The back palate lingers with mocha overtones.
2022 Howard Vineyard Cabernet Franc
CABERNET FRANC: One of the oldest cultivated grape varieties, cabernet franc has been an underappreciated supporting player to its bolder relative, cabernet sauvignon, for centuries. But this grape, which had personality to spare, is finally getting attention on its own for its easy-drinking structure and intriguing combination of fruity, vegetal, and earthy flavors.
Viticulture: Vineyard: Clover Farm (Mt Barker), Elevation: 400 AMSL. Optimum yields are approximately 5 tonnes per hectare.
Winemaking: Grapes were de-stemmed and chilled with minimal crushing into small open fermenters. The must was allowed to macerate at low temperature for five days before warming and inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The ferment started slowly but was allowed to reach a peak temperature of 26˚C before chilling. The wine was pressed from the skins prior to becoming dry to retain fresh fruit character and avoid extractive tannins and finished fermentation in a stainless steel tank and was then racked into well seasoned French oak for malo-lactic fermentation. Matured for a total of 12 months.
2022 Howard Vineyard Cabernet Franc – Enjoy with fire roasted meats, spicy dishes and strong cheeses