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This non-traditional blend of Cabernet Franc and malbec was produced with fruit sourced from east facing vineyards in Osoyoos. Cabernet franc ripens well in the Okanagan Valley, but Malbec can be far more demanding to reach phenolic ripeness in many vineyards. Fortunately, the 2017 Cabernet Franc Malbec begins with ripe characteristics of plum, cassis, blueberry, mint, herbs and floral notes. The palate is ripe with dark fruit characters, moderate acidity, soft medium/full bodied wine followed by firm tannins, age in 30% new French oak for 17 months.
Pair this wine with, grilled meats, Peking duck, lamb tagine, Vegan Chili, roasted Romanesco, feta, goat cheese, goulda and machego.
Awards & Ratings
The 2015 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2018.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Name: 2015 Cabernet Franc Malbec
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Varietal: Cabernet Franc (50%) & Malbec (50%)
Vineyard: Oxbow Vineyard, BC
Cases Produced: 488
Appearance: Dense ruby-purple colour.
Nose:Cedary, leafy, black plum nose.
Palate: Full-bodied, smoky, licorice and black fruit flavours; rich mouth-feel with well-extracted ripe fruit flavours kept in check by charred oak notes, ripe tannins and fresh acidity.
Quality: Outstanding quality. 90 points. Drinking well now but can hold for 2 – 3 years.
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Food Pairing: Stuffed bell peppers with wild rice and mushrooms, rosemary rubbed Rib-Eye steak, roasted eggplant, turkey meatloaf with feta and sun-dried tomatoes, venison with pearl onions and smoked bacon.