One of our lesser known vineyard blocks is our prized Cabernet Franc, planted 20 years ago on the banks of the Habitant estuary. Due to skirting the edge of the dynamic and moderating waters of the Minas Basin, the vines survived two decades of climatic hardship unscathed, and now stand as one of the oldest vinifera plantings in Nova Scotia, and certainly the most unexpected.
Having worked with Cabernet Franc for many years, in various conditions, head viticulturist Scott Savoy, toiled at converting the entire vineyard to organic farming, and now features an incredible synergy between the mature plants’ developed root system, and a renewed ecosystem brought to the highest standards of vitality.
This block was monitored closely as September 2016 turned uncommonly warm. As the trend continued into October with historically high maturity levels, an elusive “red wine vintage” was declared. Scott designed a novel technical schedule to cover all facets of a complete red wine, from fruit to structure. Carbonic maceration, whole cluster fermentation, indigenous yeast, and remontage techniques, were all employed to preserve the integrity of the fruit, and create a wine of extraordinary textural depth. Through its life in our cellar this wine has captivated the select few who have sampled it, and is poised to emerge as renaissance wine, redefining possibilities.
In the glass, a dark purple colour with a dense magenta hue. The nose is fragrant and delicate, with a myriad of black cherries, Herbes de Provence, cedarwood and smoky undertones. The palate is pure yet intensely concentrated, featuring silky tannins and singular textural complexity, thanks to lively hints of mocha and pink peppercorn. The finish echoes for minutes, punctuated by suggestions of fresh wild berries and espresso.
Varietal composition: 100% Cabernet Franc.
TA: 7.9 g/L
R/S: 0 g/L
Brix (average at harvest): 20.3º
Recommended drinking: 2018-2027
Bottles produced: 350