Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Franc 2019
Special Price $27.00 Regular Price $32.00
Typically Cab Franc is relegated to a bit part in Cabernet blends, featuring alongside one or more of the other ‘Cab Family’ varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon holding the mic. in a Nirvana like blend while some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and/or Petit Verdot draw straws for the drums, bass, bagpipes and triangle. That said, when Cab Franc branches out on its own it can be quite magnificent. We noticed on our recent trip to the home of the Cab family, Bordeaux that global warming has seen use of Cab Sauv start to fall away, with Cab Franc on the rise as it is able to retain varietal integrity as the world warms. The Leconfield is exceptional single vineyard Cab Franc from vines planted in 1982. Ageing occurs in French oak (90%) most of which is old. The wine is racked often to soften the tannins. The net result is kinda like a perfumed and expressive, yet gentler version of a top end Cabernet Sauvignon.
Planted in the renowned terra rossa soil of the Coonawarra, Leconfield's Cab Franc vines are 36 years old and benefit from a climate very similar to the Bordeaux region in France. Leconfield regularly produce stunning fruit, no surprise that their wines regularly win gold medals, trophies and pick up big scores… This is their second consecutive release of a straight Cab Franc … both of which have won trophies.
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