Deep crimson red with purple hues. Entwines hints of vanilla, plum, currants and cherry. Fresh and bright, a delicate palate to start showing freshness and bright sweet fruit, red-berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The tightly woven palate has fine grained gravely tannins, slight mocha and savoury earthy notes. The palate is flavoursome and persistent. A very refined, beautifully balanced and effortlessly elegant wine with the structure and fruit intensity to richly reward further cellaring.
All three varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on mature vines in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a combination of Scott Henry Trellis system and vertical shoot attention to detail during the growing season encourages flavour development and promotes balance in the wine.
Each variety was fermented separately as slowly as possible at temperatures not exceeding 27°C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap with gentle plunging and pumping over. After fermentation, an extended maceration period allowed desired colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The component wines were blended on completion of the malolactic fermentation and then aged in French Oak for 15 months.
Vintage 2015 - Huon Hooke, The Age 28th August 2018 5* (28/08/2018)
"This is an impressive wine that presents its 72% Cabernet Franc in a serious light, with some help from Cabernet Sauvigon and Malbec. It's firm, tight and full-bodied with raspberry, red cherry and tomato-bush aromas." 95 pts
Vintage 2015 - jamessuckling.com 5* (16/08/2018)
"Plenty of perfume and fragrant cabernet franc on the nose. Red flowers, fresh red berries and a gently leafy note too. The palate has a succulent red-fruit core, as well as nicely arranged tannins. A vibrant finish. A blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Drink now or hold." 93 pts
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019's 5* 03/08/2018
"An estate-grown Bordeaux blend, throbbing with a juicy kaleidoscope of red, purple, blue and black fruits; fine tannins and carefully managed French oak add up to a win-win scenario." 95 pts