Expression Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021
Bright pink in the glass. The nose is intense with aromas of wild strawberries, candied raspberries, watermelon and a touch of pink peppercorn. The palate is dry, with refreshing acidity and flavours of strawberries and blood orange. The finish is long and persistent with lingering notes of candied berries.
Drink well chilled on release with caprese salad, grilled tuna or a charcuterie board. Will soften and develop further complexities with medium-term aging.
This wine is Vegan Friendly.
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VQA Niagara Peninsula
Select Niagara Peninsula
100% Cabernet Franc
BRIX AT HARVEST
Wine, like art, is an expression. An expression of the winemaker’s style, the vineyard’s terroir, the grape variety, and your taste.
The Cabernet Franc was picked at almost full maturity at the end of September and approximately 24 hours on skins creating an intense colour in the must. It was then fermented to full dryness in stainless steel tanks and aged for two months before being bottled in late January 2022 following light fining and filtration.
Late winter and early spring had higher than average temperatures leading to an early bud break on May 10th (one week earlier than last year). The high temperatures continued through spring leading to rapid canopy development, flowering and fruit set. The heat continued through the summer with just enough rain to refresh the vines. Harvest began in late August with Chardonnay for sparkling. After a two week break due to excessive rain, harvest continued throughout late September and early October with aromatic whites and lighter reds. Harvest continued throughout October and November with later ripening reds, ending with Cabernet Sauvignon in late November. Overall, yields were moderate due to thorough sorting and preventative management. Wines should be drunk on release or cellared for the medium-term.