About This Wine:
This wine is named for layers of dolomitic limestone unique to the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, these rock strata have come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment’s benchlands. Originating entirely from selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this Cabernet Franc bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the mint-berry fruit and spiciness that are the wine’s hallmark.
A single block of ten-year old vines at Cave Spring Vineyard
Stony, limestone-rich clay loam till over shale and sandstone
100% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Date- Nov. 5
Sugar- 22.8º Brix
Titratable Acitity- 7.7 g/L
Yield- 4.0 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha)
Following a 12-day maceration in tank, about one-third of the partially fermented must was bled un-pressed or ‘free-run’ into barriques to finish fermentation. The remaining two-thirds completed fermentation in tank, after which it was gently pressed and transferred into barriques. Both lots remained in barrel for 13 months, using a mix of 45% French, 35% older Hungarian and 20% American oak. Overall, 45% of the barrels were new.
Bottling Date- Dec. ‘10
Residual Sugar- 5 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.5 g/L
Production- 570 cs. (9L)
A mix of fresh herbs, especially mint, savoury, and tarragon, along with aromas of sour cherry and black pepper greet the nose. Medium in body, notes of herbs and spice continue on the palate, with black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and star anise mingling with rich, dark plum fruit and earthy tones. On the middle, soft, silky tannins and a pleasing lift of acidity emerge to provide structure and clarity, giving way to lingering nuances of smoke and game on the finish. Defined by classic varietal traits of mint-cherry and spice, this Cabernet Franc stands out for its plush textures and overall richness.
Pasta with Bolognese sauce, mushroom risotto, Bouillabaisse, Coq au Vin, roasted Guinea hen or game birds, steak tartar, hearty beef stews
Ready for consumption upon release, this vintage is at its prime between 2011 and 2013.
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