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2018 Le Naturaliste Cabernet Franc

2018 Le Naturaliste Cabernet Franc

$89.00 Members $71.20

Cabernet Franc is the shy little sister of the Bordelaise family: aromatic, soft textured and boasting pristinely fine tannin and drive.

The decision to craft an expression of Margaret River as seen through the mode of this noble and ancient grape was an easy one, particularly when faced with fruit grown in the heart of Wilyabrup and on our quintessentially alimental gravel loam soils.   

Subtle threads of violets, cherry blossom and fresh juniper berries serve as highlights to an ample tapestry of black plums, cacao nib and ironstone. Sheer textures of crushed granite and black cherry skin are laced with porcelain tannin and quenching natural acidity.

AWARDS

96 pts - Gary Walsh 

ALCOHOL

14% by Vol | 8.3 Standard Drinks

FOOD MATCHING

Lean red meats | gamey poultry | hard cheese

WINEMAKING

Having achieved a perfect balance, the fruit is picked, carefully destemmed and kept as whole berries for fermentation. Gently handled and pressed after 12 days on skin to 500L French oak Puncheons.

MATURATION

Aged for 14 months in 500L French Oak Puncheons, 40% of which were new. The larger barrels aid in retaining aromatics and fostering a more vibrant and primal energy

CELLARING POTENTIAL

Will mature gracefully for 15+ years