94 points James Halliday
90 points Huon Hooke
We continue to explore a 100% Cabernet Franc.
"Good hue, although not especially deep; you can see why this cabernet franc wasn't blended, its elegant redcurrant and raspberry fruit enhanced by subtle French oak and savoury herbal and black olive." James Halliday
"Medium to deep red/purple colour with a tobacco-leafy, milky lactic bouquet, which has liberal vanilla and some development. The palate is light to medium-bodied and lean, slightly firm and sinewy, and falls away a little on the aftertaste. It's a lean, tobaccoey St Emilion-like style. Nice." Huon Hooke
Single parcel fruit, vines planted in 2001. Our Cabernet Franc is about perfume and delicacy. We approached it by having an open canopy all of the growing season so the fruit received gentle dappled light, which assisted with the growth of supple tannins and fragrant berry perfumes.
We harvested at moderate ripeness, then slightly split each berry before a 25°C ferment for 10 day's. A gentle pressing, then to second use oak for 10 months. We chose the second use barrels as they were ideal for the feminine perfumes and delicate structure of the wine.
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