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Vividly ruby. Here’s a captivating panoply of scents: ripe plum, cherry peaking behind raspberry, cassis and a wisp of anise. Full-on richness of smooth soothing tannic structure suspended in red berry fruit, dark plum adding depth to a rich velvety finish.
Food Pairings: Grilled veggies - eggplant, peppers, courgette, onions. Meats such as Italian sausage burgers, lamb chops or spiced roast beef. Sauces - pesto & pepers, rosemary mint or peppercorn, fennel and mustard sauce. Cheese - Sharp cheddar, smoked gouda.
This is the first ever single varietal Cabernet Franc red wine we have produced from our South Bay Vineyard. The small 3.5 acre plot was planted in 2002 and was originally used to blend in with our merlot and in the past 10 years the fruit has been used to make our rosé. In 2016 we decided to crop it to a low yield in order to concentrate the sugars in the grape and produce a single varietal red with it. The wine was fermented and macerated in a 4200L oak tank then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Awards & Ratings
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Bronze Medal
This was a featured wine in June's Wine Club package, 2018.
Geographical Indication: Prince Edward County, ON
Vineyard: South Bay Vineyard
Cases Produced: 450
Appearance: Bright. Semi-opaque. Deep garnet core, maroon rim.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, blueberries, black licorice, black pepper, savoury herbs.
Palate: Medium acid, medium+ tannin, medium body. Dark cherry, black pepper, baking spice, green undertones of bell pepper, thyme and other savoury herbs, a hint of smoke.
Food Pairing: Spaghetti with meatballs, roasted eggplant, anything barbecued from veggie burgers to bison steaks with blue cheese, charcuterie, beef dumplings, and vermicelli noodles with pork.
At 14 years old, Huff Estates is one of the oldest wineries in the thriving Prince Edward County wine region. French winemaker Frédéric Picard has his roots in Burgundy, and much experience at wineries around the world, and is crafting world class wines at Huff Estates.
This is the first single varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced from Huff’s South Bay Vineyard and it is an excellent first attempt. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, it’s well balanced, flavourful, and very smooth on the palate. It’s drinking very nicely now, but could also be cellared for 3-4 more years.
- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward