2016 AIRLIE BANK FRANC
Juicy and seductive. Fernet branca, earth, and fruit of the bramble. Tonic, red licorice and clove – Tim Shand, Head Winemaker
The earliness of vintage 2016 was largely climatic, but a bit lunar as well. The flowering of the vines occurred during a very warm, dry spell – perfect conditions for an even fruit set. Those conditions endured throughout Christmas and into January. We had just enough rainfall (in two big events) to squeak us through – but it was touch and go there for a while. The early Easter (the first full moon after the vernal equinox being late March) reminds us that nature takes its cues from the moon – and will not be argued with!
Meet Franc! 100 % whole bunch Cabernet Franc blended and bottled in its youth to capture its juvenile vibrancy. This is not a polished wine, this is a rustic wine made in big, old oak, not fined or filtered. First contact is a wall of tannin that surrenders to a sweet kernel of explosive gooey fruit at the centre.
We call this smashability with interest.
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