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Our 2017 Cab Franc is bright garnet hue. It is showing aromas of violet, cranberry relish, and fresh thyme leaves. It is a softer version of the variety. Tannins here are more of a subtlety then aggressive and grippy. This wine finishes with a lingering berry flavour.
Winemaker’s Note: The fruit from our Cabernet Franc comes from growers in Niagara-on-the-Lake along with grapes from our very own estate. Each appellation in the region has a distinct version of this variety. In St. Davids, warmer summers play a role in promoting ripeness and developing complexity in our Cabernet Franc.
Food Pairing: This wine is a great match for lamb chops marinated in rosemary and garlic. It would also be at home with a nice piece of old cheddar.
Awards & Ratings
- Tony Aspler
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Silver Medal
This was a featured wine in January's Wine Club package, 2019.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara, ON
Vineyard: Various Four Mile Creek and St Davids Bench vineyards
Cases Produced: 744
Appearance: Deep ruby colour.
Nose: Cedary, vanilla oak and plum nose with a note of pencil shavings.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry and savoury, blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. Well-balanced and finishing on perceptible, but ripe tannins.
Quality: Outstanding quality. 90 points. Drinking now but can be held 3 – 4 years.
Food Pairing: Glazed Cornish game hen with couscous, roasted duck with walnut stuffing, eggplant parmigiana, polenta fries with marinara sauce, blue cheese hamburgers.