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Wallcliffe Cabernet Franc 2016

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For vintages when it is produced, our Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Dry Red showcases our exceptional terroir's affinity with the classic grape varieties. We look to produce a true celebration of each vintage and present the best possible wine from each vintage year.

Appearance
Very dark, deep garnet with a ranslucent rim.
Nose
The aromas open with a cavalcade of red cherries supported by spicy oak bringing hints of clove, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted brioche, followed by beautiful floral notes.
Palate
Round and inviting from the start of the first mouthful, the fruit is ripe but the acidity is fresh with clean berry fruit. The wine shows a voluminous mid-palate although the overall feeling is mid-bodied. Supported by seriously long tannins and fine notes of cigar box, salted toffee, vanilla and that unmistakable floral that interlace with the dark cherry characters.
Blend
100% Cabernet Franc
Cellaring
10-25 years
Food Pairing Notes
To ccompany the delicacy of the wine, we recommend an Asian-inspired pork or plum-sauce or eye fillet beef with kombu dashi broth or sweet potato mousse with fresh sauteed oyster mushrooms.
The Vineyard
This cabernet franc originates exclusively from our Estate vineyard sites first planted on the Wallcliffe Vineyard side in 1970 and then on the Trinders side just a few hundred metres away from the original rows in 1988. Both blocks are planted in an east-west orientation. The vineyard is managed in a similar way to our cabernet sauvignon, with two short canes trained as perfect VSP. Manual shoot-thinning and leaf plucking is extensive, starting very early in the season to open up and prepare the clusters for summer conditions, as the vines are fully dry-grown.
The Season
In 2016, our cabernet franc block was exceptional. Winter provided average rainfall and spring delivered beautiful warm, dry conditions, perfectly setting up vintage 2016. A warm start to summer in January gave good fruit set and crop predictions. An unseasonal single rain event in late Januray delivered adequate soil moisture for full maturity in the red varieties.
Winemaking
Vineyard sorting and harvesting was carried out exclusively by hand, with fruit gathered into small crates holding 6.5kg early in the morning of the 11th of March. The fruit was fully destemmed and lightly crushed minutes later at the winery, less than 400m from these vines. A cold soak followed for 3 days held at 10°c. The maceration was extended post fermentation to reach a total of 35 days on skins. Skins were then basket pressed straight into 100% French oak barrels (40% new) for malolactic fermentation. The wine was left to age in in the same barrels for 18 months before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered in late December 2017.
Analysis
14% alcohol, 6 g/l total acidity, 3.59pH
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