Vineyard: Airlie Bank
Soil type: Sandy loam on clay base
Clones : SMVP
Whole Bunch: 100%
Oak: Old French hogsheads
Juicy and seductive. Fernet Branca, earth, and fruit of the bramble. Tonic, red licorice and clove
– Tim Shand, Winemaker
2018 was a warm and generous vintage. Plentiful frosty nights and heavy rains in winter delayed budburst. Flowering in cabernet franc in late spring occurred during a glorious run of warm weather. As a result, the fruit grew and matured evenly.
A wonderful ripe crop this year.
100 % whole bunch Cabernet Franc blended and bottled in its youth to capture its 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 burst of juicy fruit that surrenders to a seductive velvety palate.
We call this smashability with interest.