2018 Cabernet Franc

2018 Cabernet Franc

Our internationally acclaimed small lot. 

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WINE SPECS

100% Cabernet Franc

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of black cherry, bramble, and tobacco. Bright acidity on the palate with smooth tannins and further notes of ripe plum, cedar and liquorice linger for a lengthy finish.

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Awards for past vintages:

2017 Cabernet Franc - 93 Points John Szabo, MS & David Lawrason, Wine Align Canada 2020
2016 Cabernet Franc – Silver Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
2015 Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal, BC Lieutenant Governors Awards 2018
2015 Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal, InterVin International Wine Awards 2018/2019
2015 Cabernet Franc – Silver Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2018
2014 Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2018
2014 Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal, InterVin International Wine Awards 2018/2019

Media for past vintages:
Bordeaux Sommelier names Painted Rock's 2015 Cabernet Franc as one of his favourite wines in Le Monde.
Decanter Top 10 Canadian Wine Recommendations includes Painted Rock 2014 Cabernet Franc (92 Points) (July 2017 Edition).
B.C. Wine of the Week: Vancouver Sun: Painted Rock 2014 Cabernet Franc.

WINEMAKING

Fruit was hand picked from our single 3.01 acre vineyard block on Oct. 22, 2018 and berry sorted. Fruit was broken into small batches, cold soaked on the skins for four days and fermented for an additional 21 days on the skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. The batches were then barrel aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak and blended prior to bottling. Unfiltered.  

Titratable Acidity:  6.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l
PH: 3.81
Alcohol: 13.8% 

 

2018 VINTAGE

It was an overall cooler vintage with a delayed start due to cool and wet weather. The vineyard caught up by mid-summer, just in time for the smoke to roll in in August and delay things with the blocked sunlight. That said, we are incredibly pleased this was the only impact of the smoke on our vineyard. We intentionally left leaves on all the vines throughout the smoke risk period in case there were soot issues, but due to the fantastic air movement on our site no soot settled on the fruit. Thanks to a lovely fall with lots of sunlight and little rain, the fruit was beautifully ripened on schedule with harvest beginning in October and completed by November 5th.