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Our Cabernet Franc from the Black Sage Bench arrives at the winery nice and cold from early morning picks. Fermentation are long and slow to ensure the gentle extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. The wine is aged in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 14 - 16 months before bottling. The colour shows a youthful purple hue with good depth. The nose a dusty cocoa powder note with black cherry, strawberry and rhubarb pie and crust. Lots of red currant and rhubarb on the palate, and fine tannins and bright acidity give the tactile profile of a good Chianti, but with new world freshness of red fruits.
Awards & Ratings
- David Lawrason
- British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Silver Medal
The 2016 vintage was a featured wine in October’s Wine Club package, 2018.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, BC
Vineyard: Diamondback Vineyard (Black Sage Bench)
Cases Produced: 4,500
Appearance: Deep ruby-purple in colour.
Nose: Cedary, vanilla oak and plum aromas with a floral grace note.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced, savoury, cherry and plum flavour with a firm tannic finish.
Quality: Outstanding quality. 90 points. Drink now – 2022.
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Food Pairing: Crispy skinned trout with black lentil puree, grilled leg of lamb with goat cheese and fresh herb salad, chicken tomato curry, caprese stuffed Portobello mushrooms, cheese and spinach quiche.
This bold, spicy Cabernet Franc is a treat! The wine spent 12-14 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak. Rich red fruit flavours, savoury green herbal notes of thyme and tarragon, and black pepper and baking spice notes abound. This wine is flexible enough to pair with almost anything, but will be a dream match with lamb dishes and pesto-based Italian food. Enjoy!
- Jackie McLachlan, Founder, My Wine Canada