Paradise Grapevine - 2019 Cabernet Franc
12% ALC. / VOL.
We are very excited about this cab franc! It's special to us not only because we truly believe Niagara is very well suited to growing this variety, but also because it is the final wine to be released from our very first vintage. The fruit came from the well known Foxcroft Vineyard on the Twenty Mile Bench, and like everything else in 2019, this wine is driven by acidity. As the pH was nice and low and the fruit was very clean we decided to do a 50% whole cluster fermentation. We always try to treat everything as delicately as possible in the cellar, so gentle press-downs and pump-overs only during maceration. We pressed the juice after 10 days on skins and moved it over to neutral oak for a year of rest.
This is very much an expression of 2019, it is lean with a velvety texture, the tannic profile is delicate and chalky and the fruit is bright and fresh. Naturally fermented and 20ppm sulphur added before bottling. This wine is accessible now and will age with grace.