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Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2015 Cabernet Franc

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Sensational quality wine from the Orange, NSW wine growing region.

2015 Cabernet Franc

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bloodwood 2015 cabernet franc.jpg

2015 Cabernet Franc

432.00

Deep dark vermillion in colour, the inviting bouquet of dusty cherry blossom and dark chocolate infused violets leads into a lengthy, succulent palate of black berry fruits caressed in soft vanillin char. The overall texture and balance of the wine supported by graceful and integrated tannins ensures a fine medium term future in your cellar.

Alc/Vol 13.5%

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Vineyard

The Bloodwood Cabernet Franc vineyard is part of the original Blend Block planting in 1983.  On a fairly steep eastern slope of volcanoclastic loams interspersed with mass flow rounded cobbles of crystalline andesitic lava it nevertheless has quite a friable red clay base.  There are two clones of Franc; a rather lovely low yielding French one and a UCLA Davis version which supplements the Big Men In Tights. Rows are North South on that Eastern slope and they are on a modified Scott-Henry trellis open to the East.  The vines are mostly spur pruned to around 60,000 buds per hectare and with each vine occupying 4.5 square meters of the vineyard, yields are moderate to low in most years.

Vintage Conditions

Winter/spring rainfall: Winter rainfall, (which mostly fell in early winter) was close to the average: 226.8/244.6mm while Spring rainfall was about 45% lower than average. 132.2/225mm. In summary, a very dry and cool lead in to bud-burst and early vine growth. 
Weather up to and including harvest; Early summer rainfall in December and January was well above average (300/147 mm) which saved yields and brought the vintage into shape. We experienced much cooler conditions in mid-summer than we have for the last few years and if early season botrytis was avoided on whites, this helped enormously. Coupled with well below average February rainfall and the driest March for more than 20 years, and we have had a wonderful run up to and through vintage. The amazing thing is that we have seen moderate alcohols; low pH readings and good T/A readings even though most fruit has been picked up to three weeks earlier than is traditional. e.g. We used to begin harvest at Bloodwood on or about 20th March with Chardonnay. This year we actually picked our (14% +) Shiraz on 20th March.  
Yield – low/moderate/high Yields were generally good across all varieties except in some vineyards caught by the extended cold outbreaks of early October to mid November. Not so much a frosting but long chill hours causing restricted spring growth in vineyards already suffering from the dry late winter and early spring and at a vulnerable stage of growth. Chardonnay seemed to bear the brunt of the yield drop in these vineyards. 

Stand out varieties; All varieties performed well this year with a slight preference to the mid season varieties like Riesling; Cabernet Franc: Merlot and Shiraz. But this is nit picking; We've had a great vintage.
Overall quality: High; see above.
 

Winemaking

Entirely hand-picked by people with hands, the fruit was transported immediately to the winery where it was de-stemmed into a two tonne open fermenter for primary ferment in our cool cellars. After fourteen days of hand plunging and monitoring, the new wine was pressed into old hogsheads for malo-lactic conversion which took around three months. Following racking, the wine was sulfur adjusted and transferred back in to sterlilzed old oak for 18 months maturation on fine lees following which the wine is bench trialled, cold stability tested, protein checked and sterile filtered into bottle in October 2016. It spent a further 18 months in our cellar before release in September 2018.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.54
Acidity 5.5 g/l
Al/Vol 13.5%

Tasting Notes

Deep dark vermillion in colour, the inviting bouquet of dusty cherry blossom and dark chocolate infused violets leads into a lengthy, succulent palate of black berry fruits caressed in soft vanillin char. The overall texture and balance of the wine supported by graceful and integrated tannins ensures a fine medium term future in your cellar.

Alc/Vol 13.5%