Cabernet Franc, Founder's Select 2017 - Founders
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The Founders Select Series of wines is dedicated to exploring the nuance and detail of red wines from the Niagara Escarpment. Grapes for this wine were picked at a little above 22 brix of sugar and showing high levels of phenolic ripeness. All grapes for this wine were hand picked and sorted to ensure only the best quality fruit was being used. Fermentation was conducted in small batches in open top fermentation bins. The grapes were then delicately pressed and transferred in to barrel after cold settling in the tank. To help show how beautiful this fruit was Kacaba’s winemaking team used explored a new path for maturing the wine. This batch was aged in 66% Acacia wood barrels and 33% French oak. Both woods are native to France but have completely different profiles on the palate. The Acacia barrels are softer and more delicate in terms of the charred flavour imbued into the wine. Instead the Acacia has a strong influence on texture, often lengthening the finish while adding body to the wine. After 12 months of aging in the barrels the wine was racked to a variable capacity steel tank before being filtered and bottled in April of 2019.
Distinctive notes of raspberry, blueberry, green peppercorn, eucalyptus and cranberry on the nose. Licorice, dark tanned leather and balsam add an attractive complexity. The palate exudes red and dark fruits upon entry and is well balanced and harmonious with smooth velvety tannins and a fine texture. Star anise and baking spices are balanced perfectly alongside the tobacco leaf character. Field berries, coffee and Christmas spice linger on the finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or match with everything from seafood to charcuterie. Drink now with 30 minutes decanting or cellar to 2024.
The nuanced and delicate nature of this Cabernet Franc favours food pairings that you may not always think to pair with red wine. Try with a maple balsamic cranberry goat cheese salad or fresh and zesty pasta dishes. Head to the grill and try a tangy bbq chicken or pork dish. Asian spices and vegetables will be a natural pairing as well. We suggest pairing with pineapple 5 spice pork ribs or Asian 5 spice shrimp for a match perfectly made.
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