2015 Exclamation Cabernet Franc
The 2015 vintage was warm, dry and featured lots of sunshine during the day, but also cool refreshing nights. No sustained heatwaves or heavy rains were present, leading to a slightly warmer-than-average summer. Established French varietals in the Niagara Peninsula had no issue with the lack of precipitation and fared quite well. 2015 represented a typical summer in Niagara, known for developing good, if not great fruit and acid characteristics in still and sparkling wines.
An example of honest and authentic moderate climate Cabernet Franc, produced with fruit from an exceptional vintage. This wine showcases aromatics in the form of blackberry jam, fresh mint leaf, black pepper, cooked blueberry, black cherry, sweet tobacco (similar to Oscuro Cigars), ripened plum, and blackcurrant, with a subtle undertone of butter, courtesy of malolactic fermentation. Once allowed to breathe, notes of leather and cedar become more pronounced, suggesting potential tertiary aromatics. The palate mirrors the nose, with notable flavours of black cherry and blackberry, alongside butter and toasted almond, with a hint of dark chocolate on the extended finish. Acid and tannin profile balance quite well, and with bottle maturity, will allow this wine to reveal tertiary characteristics and primary fruit development.