2013 Cabernet Franc
On the nose this wine entices you into the glass with it's fresh, bright aromas of cassis, black plum, baking spices, rosemary, capsicum and smoky notes. Serious complexity with more spice, pepper and vegetal notes on the palate followed by fresh black plums, cherries and blackberries, with well balanced, high acidity and chalky tannins that continue to linger. A solid addition to the Painted Rock lineup.
|Harvest Date:||November 1, 2013|
|Bottling Date:||July 24, 2015|
|Titratable Acid:||6.3 g/L|
|Volatile Acid:||0.77 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||3.0 g/L|
|Free S02:||29.0 mg/L|
|Total S02:||96.0 mg/L|
|Brix at harvest:||24|
Our first ever single varietal Cabernet Franc hung on the vines an extra 20 days to ensure ripeness, complexity and intensity in the grape. The grapes were then macerated for 30 days to extract colour and flavour, followed by 18 months in 30% New French Oak and 70% second fill French Oak.
Harvested November 1, 2013.
Aged 18 months in 30% new French Oak and 70% second fill French Oak.
92 Points This is a delicious wine. To bring out the best, one should decant it and let it breath for an hour or two. That reveals classic brambly aromas. The flavour palate is a riot of red fruit, including plum, blackberry and cherry with a hint of chocolate and tobacco. The rich finish includes notes of red plum jam. John Schreiner
Savoury, meaty and juicy BC Cabernet Franc without a trace of bell pepper or herbal notes. Full-bodied and smooth with layers of fleshy black plum and dark spice. Pair with lamb. Highly recommended. Natalie Maclean
A very fine, light, savoury and well balanced example of cabernet franc from the southern Okanagan, lively, energetic, wildly aromatic and succulent. The palate is really nicely proportioned, and tannins all finesse and elegance though not in short supply - this should also age very nicely over the next 3-6 years. Fine stuff. Tasted August 2015. John Szabo
This is a very powerful cabernet franc deeply coloured with dense fruit. There is a herbal tone to the ripe redcurrant fruit with basil and dill featuring along with some mild oak spice. It is juicy and rounded with very good length. Best 2016 to 2020. Tasted August 2015. Steve Thurlow
A wine for the aromatics junky, hung longer than most, picked on November 22 and here, nearly two years on, still bursting out of its berries. Though warm to nearly swelling, the obviousness of Cabernet Franc distinction is stronger than the sheer redolence. Eighteen months spent in 30 per cent French oak cuts a rug beneath and lays a blanket overtop. This is a big west coast expression, full of flavour and slowly cured meats and sweated greens. It fills a room with perfume. It's chewy and one of a kind, like all Painted Rock wines and it's ready to drink. Drink 2015-2019. Tasted August 2015. Michael Godel