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 - 90 points
The Van Bers vineyard is at the foot of the escarpment and as such contains fairly deep and rich soils. This is surprisingly ripe for a 2009 cabernet franc, with virtually no green character of note, though the palate displays the tight acid profile of this cool vintage. There's inviting juiciness on the palate, but the density and richness is moderate and the finish is marked by some resinous wood character - this sees 24 months in wood, of which almost a third is new. With aeration, the pleasant floral notes of the variety emerge. I'd tuck this in the cellar for another year or two for better integration. John Szabo MS. Tasted January 2013.
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