2016 The Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc - Gold Medal Winner

Gold Medal (94 points), 2019 Berlin International Wine Competition

 

"I truly love making red wines in Ontario, especially here on top of the escarpment. Our terroir-driven, cool-climate reds are as elegant and diverse as those produced anywhere else in the world. In 2016, my 10-year old Cabernet Franc vines (Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation) produced some of the most intense fruit I’ve ever harvested, making this vintage a pleasure from first pick to first sip. I am proud of all my wines, but this robust yet sophisticated Cabernet Franc is one of the best expressions of the varietal I’ve ever made." ~ Sue-Ann

“As steadfast and true as the Horse Chestnut Tree that has adorned the estate’s landscape for over 150 years.  Its’ storied history has a past that even the best fiction teller can’t believe.”

Vineyard Data:
-Cabernet franc was hand harvested and berry selected exclusively from the estate vineyard in Jordan, ON, sub-appellation 20 Mile Bench
-10 year old vines grown on thin clay soils with escarpment limestone rock beneath
-2016 – a perfect year for red wine production being hot, dry with a long autumn an well timed rains
Winemaking Data:
-cool fermented and hand plunged twice daily for 10 days after 3 days of cold soaking
-a total 30 days on skins with continued hand plunging daily.
-100% malolactic in oak.  50% French, 50% American with 60% of the barrels being new.  Aged 22 months in barrique
Technical Data:
Alcohol   13.5%                                                     Residual Sugar     4 g/L (LCBO = Extra Dry)
pH           3.72                                                        Total Acidity          5.9 g/L
Bottled   September 2018                                  Cases produced    250 cases

Tasting Notes:
The density and extraction displayed in the nuances and palate are ones that only the best of vintages / growing conditions can create.  Spice, cedar, ripe black fruits dominate the nose with a level of concentration not seen from this vineyard before.  The intense, rich, focussed palate has gripping yet youthful tannins, cedar box, black fruits, meandering throughout the opulent palate.  Lifted cheery pie, pencil shavings, mint, chocolate and dried tobacco elevate from the glass.  The finish is warm, firm and complicated.  Pair this classic with lamb, pastas, dark chocolate, red meats, semi-hard to hard cheeses, and sausages.




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