2015 Cabernet Franc

2015 Cabernet Franc

Small lot with less that 450 cases produced.

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Savoury and herbaceous aromas of olive, green pepper, smoke and mushrooms. Lively and bright on the palate with delicate, fine tannins and further fruit expression with flavours of cherry, eucalyptus and menthol.


Titratable Acidity:  6.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l
PH: 3.97
Alcohol % 15.3


The 2015 vintage kicked off with a warmer than average spring combined with minimal precipitation, leading to early bud break and flowering. The rest of the growing season followed suit with record breaking temperatures. Canopy management was key for Painted Rock in 2015. While harvest happened significantly earlier than normal though out the valley due to spiking sugar levels, we were able to forestall ripening long enough to ensure our phenolic ripeness (tannin) would have time to develop and be in balance with our sugar levels.


Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak.


Richard Hemming, MW for jancisrobinson.com | "Like the 2014, this has stunning aromatic quality. Wonderfully pure and pristine and powerful. Expertly manicured tannin and the weight and fruit intensity holds up to the alcohol. Really charming youthfulness but should be cellared to allow the maturity to develop." 17+ Points

John Schreiner "This is a wine remarkable for its power (15.3% alcohol) and intensity of flavour. Aromas of cassis, blackberry and cherry bound from the glass, followed by a rich medley of red fruit on the palate, including cherry, blackberry and raspberry. The hint of mocha on the finish supports a lush texture." 93 Points

Pamela Heiligenthal for enobytes.com | "This is a savour Cabernet Franc with expressive aromas and flavours of cassis, cherry, and blackberry, followed by layers of olive, eucalyptus, mocha and baking spices. It's expressive and pristine, finishing with hints of green pepper and spice." 94 points