VQA Beamsille Bench - Ontario
100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol - 14.5%
Wine Details - This wine originates from the limestone-rich soils of our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, known as the Beamsville Bench. Optimal conditions for extended ripening at the estate have delivered a deeply concentrated and robustly structured Cabernet Franc that promises many years of cellaring potential.
Tasting Note - Compelling aromas of sour cherry, black pepper, cinnamon,mint and tarragon greet the nose. The palate is full in body, with notes of herbs and spice continuing up front alongside hints of star anise and graphite. The mid-palate is ripe and deeply concentrated, with dark plum fruit, earthy notes and sturdy yet silky tannins. Plenty of juicy acidity provides lift, structure and clarity throughout. The finish is long and complex, full of mint-cherry, cloves and lingering nuances of smoke and game
What the Experts Say -
"Bench Smoky, herbal, full of fragrance and ripe cherry fruit. Long, perfumed and succulent. Really great - gets the green element of Cabernet Franc without any under ripeness" Richard Hemming
"One of the best Ontario Cabernet Franc wines I've ever tasted. Rich, full-bodied with layers of dark plums, smoke and mocha"