2015 Cabernet Franc
Wine Club Exclusive
- Alcohol – 14.1%
- Residual Sugar – 4.80 g/L
- Total Acidity – 6.80 g/L
- pH – 3.60
- Brix – 28
- Cases Produced – 220
- Released – 2018
- SKU – 144681
- Double Gold – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2018
- Silver – Intervin International Wine Awards 2018
- Silver – BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards 2018
- Double Gold – All Canadian Wine Championships 2018
- Gold – Cascadia International Wine Competition 2019
- Silver – SavorNW Wine Awards 2019
- Gold – Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2018
- Gold – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2018
The 2015 growing season started early. Record heat units were being recorded from June to September. Average Growing Degree Days in Osoyoos were 1,764, but at Vanessa they were significantly higher at 2,049. This resulted in our red grapes being riper with a fuller fruit expression and softer more rounded tannins. In the last ten years, 2015 was the hottest year ever for Similkameen’s Vanessa Vineyard.
Terroir and Microclimate
Located high on a hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Vanessa Vineyard’s grapes are cultivated on 75 acres of sloping, well-drained, rocky terrain. The vines grow in rows of rocks, absorbing the day heat and imparting that warmth during the cooler nights. Planted in a west to outhwest exposure, the rocky vineyard basks in the afternoon sun. Ideally situated, the vineyard benefits from a long growing season, with low yields of intensely ripe fruit. The unique stony site produces fruit with complex flavours and minerality that are truly distinctive.
Crafted from only 100% estate grown and hand-picked fruit. The grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction. This cuvée is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. Fermented and barrel aged for 20 months in French oak, of which 30% were new barrels. Beautiful integration of the soil minerality gives the wine exceptional character and quality.
A luxurious Cabernet Franc with fragrant aromas of ground coffee bean, sage and sweet cherry. It is bursting with ripe blueberries and cocoa along with a lining of Tahitian vanilla, figs and Medjool dates. Powerful backbone and structure give way to a lingering finish. Enjoy with rosemary braised lamb or well-herbed grilled meats.