Rochford Estate Cabernet Franc 2019

RRP: $33.00
In any 6: $28.05
In any 12: $26.40
Varietal: Cabernet Franc 100%
Vintage: 2019
Alcohol: 13.3%
Contains Sulphites. Vegan Wine.
Tasting Notes: Medium/Deep Red with a purple meniscus. A compote of aromas with blackberries, blueberries and sun warmed raspberry vines. A prickling of spicy liquorice and a waft of roast reduction sauce complete the nose. A burst of spice on the front palate followed by sweet but vibrant tamarillo fruit on the middle palate. A fine acid structure carries the fruit into lively Campari like tannins and a fine veneer of oak to finish the wine.
Winemaking Notes: Harvest: Hand-picked on the 12th of March
Vinification & Elevage: Fruit is fermented as 100% whole berries. Short cold soak, plunged once per day and pressed after 12 days to combination of large format French oak foudre, puncheon and barriques (10% new) for indigenous malolactic conversion and maturation. 10 months in oak, then racked twice prior to bottling.
Viticultural Notes: Cabernet Franc clone: 210
The grapes for this wine were handpicked with viticultural practices based around maintaining balance in the vineyards, sustainability, and responsiveness to changing environmental conditions.
Optimal conditions for both flowering and fruitset in the vineyards gave well balanced yields with plenty of promise leading into the 2019 harvest. A dry January and February followed, culminating in a relatively compressed vintage, though attention to detail in the vineyards gave winemakers wonderfully balanced fruit with concentration of flavour and exceptional natural acidity.