VQA Creek Shores
Van Bers Vineyard, Vertical shoot positioning, Cluster
and Hand leaf thinned, Conventional farming practice.
7400 bottles (750ml)
Matured in French oak barriques. The 2009 Van Bers Vineyard Cab Franc offers opulent fruit, displaying black cherry, blackberry, and cassis on the nose. The fruit is layered over a rich bouquet of tobacco, cedar and barrel notes. On the palate the evident tannins are enveloped in ripe black cherry, cassis and white pepper, framed with soft oak. This Cabernet Franc finishes with a superb balance of acid, tannins, spice and dark fruit, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate on the lingering finish.
This is a youthful wine, with a very dominating character. It begs for hearty dishes to match: game meats, red meat seared on the barbeque, or seasoned and roasted cuts of full-flavour meat. Try a prime rib roast, seasoned with rosemary and herbs, and some garlic smashed potatoes. Blackened fish, spicy ribs or jerk chicken are fun choices!
Reviews and Accolades
Louise Wilson ISG Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:
With an exceptionally long vintage (the fruit hung until Dec 1st) the grapes had plenty of time to gain flavour and complexity. Layers of cranberry, cherry, thyme and pepper fill the glass and taper off into a generous length. Serve with herb crusted lamb chops. Enjoy now through 2016. Tasted Dec 2013.
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