2018 Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc - Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2018 Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc

In front of Sue-Ann's home, there stands an ancient Horse Chestnut Tree with an interesting back story. As steadfast and true as this beautiful tree, our 2018 Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc delivers intensity, dominance and longevity, just like its namesake. 
Silver, 90pts Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Silver, 90pts International Wine & Spirits 2022
Bronze, Texsom International Wine Awards 2022


Vinification: Vinified from 100% estate-grown fruit, hand-harvested in the last week of October 2018. The grapes remained on skins for 28 days with alcoholic and malolactic fermentation happening simultaneously during this time. After pressing and light settling, the wine was transferred to French and American oak for 22 months of barrel aging.

Tasting notes: This is an immensely satisfying wine from start to finish. The wine's suggestions of rich, ripe currant, blackberry, and plum on both the nose and the palate are balanced by hints of cedar, pencil shavings and tobacco. Elegant, full-bodied, and well-integrated. Drink now or cellar for up to 3 more years.

Serving suggestions: This is a full-bodied Franc with grippy tannins, delicious on its own or paired with aged Cheddar, red meat, charcuterie, and dark chocolate.

Harvest Date November 1, 2018

Blend 100% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol 13.0 %

Residual Sugar 3.0 g/L

Titratable Acidity 5.8 g/L

pH 3.68

Cases Produced 230

Perfumed, with bramble fruit and a hint of chocolate; palate of plush, concentrated fruit and wild graphite notes. ~ Decanter Tasting Panel


Enticing cassis with medicinal undertones and a wonderfully balanced palate that is infused with sweet spice and chocolate. Moreish to the core. ~ IWSC Tasting Panel




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