Cabernet Franc, 2020, McLaren Vale
Cuvée: Cabernet Franc
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Region, Country: South Australia, Australia
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Ben Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantú
A little vineyard in Willunga, picked in two waves, one early and herbaceous, one later for generosity, blended to make one complete wine. Wild fermented, pressed early to old oak and then bottled after 9 months.
For freshness and vitality in the land of Bordeaux varieties, the modern expressions of Cabernet Franc popping up all over the country really take the cake.
This lively version of the variety comes from Somos - two young winemakers and free spirits in South Australia making wines from varieties they see as underrepresented.
This was picked and pressed early, matured in mostly old French oak, every decision along the winemaking path looking for immediate drinkability.