2015 Cabernet Franc - David's Block
- Cabernet Franc
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2025
- Winemaking Notes
The David’s Block Cabernet Franc is one of the original existing vineyards on the property when purchased by Moray Tawse. This is a very small block that typically produces only 3-5 barrels each vintage, and has been used for blending and as a single vineyard wine starting in 2007.
- Growing Conditions
- Food Pairing
This is a Cabernet Franc that will go well with roast lamb, grilled beef burgers or tomato and black bean stew.
- Tasting Notes
Aromas that call to mind low-hanging boughs of damsons and finely sifted dark cocoa are followed by a firm, deep entry. Ripe plum and macerated berry flavour is well-supported by dense tannins that lend shape and structure to the fleshy fruit. Meanwhile suggestions of iron, granite, graphite, hazelnut, and cement — especially on the back palate — tease the senses before the languid whole tapers to a beautiful, long dark chocolate and toasted hazelnut finish with a whisper of charcoal. When people say Ontario can make great Cabernet Franc, this is what they mean.
The best Cabernet Franc I tasted during my recent visit to Ontario was this unblended version grown in a small vineyard block on the propitious Twenty Mile Bench, producing just three to five barrels per vintage. It’s a dark black-red in colour, with perfumed red fruit scents. Not for the first time, it struck me that Cabernet Franc can perform in a Pinot-like way in Niagara: the palate is poised and elegant, and Burgundy-style tannins combine with Bordeaux-like flavours of curranty fruits without any hint of greenness. The finish is silky-soft. Drinking Window 2018 - 2023.