Therianthropy Wines - 2020 Le Maillot Cabernet Franc
'Strawberries and watermelon; white pepper and eucalyptus. Crunchy. This is the wine you take to your picnic. The one where you wonder if it's too early for wine?'
Growing season: Despite a cooler than normal start, the growing season quickly turned into being warm and dry (very dry in some sites), with an abundance of sun. In the fall, we continued to experience warm days with cool nights - ideal for the fruit to achieve ideal ripeness and flavour development while maintaining typical cool climate acidity. Disease pressure was generally low and smaller berries generally resulted in lighter yields but excellent fruit concentration. 2020 promises to be a vintage year for the region.
Fermentation 55% whole-cluster. Five-day cold soak followed by a 22-day primary fermentation: 5 days on-skins and 17 days off-skins in concrete egg. Gentle punch-downs and pump-overs were employed when needed to keep the cap healthy and to extract flavour and structure. 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, taking two months to complete.