2016 Desert Hills Cabernet Franc
46 In Stock
BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Eagle Nest Vineyard
90% French Oak, 10% American Oak, 20% New, predominately Radoux medium toast.
Raspberries, sagebrush, bacon fat, tea leavesand peppercorn with a sweet vanilla accent compliment the nose. The palate is a medley of soft plush red fruits and mocha in a framework of toasty oak offering a supple elegant finish.
Eagles Nest Vineyard is situated on the famous Black Sage Bench, where the east-west orientation allows for great sun exposure, and the sandy soil allows for excellent drainage. Leaf thinning throughout the season improved the already good sun exposure and provided excellent ventilation in the fruit zone. Fruit selection and vine spacing led to a fruit count of approximately 3.4 tons per acre.
All grapes were hand harvested before the stemmed whole berries and free run juice were transferred to fermenting tanks, where they were cold soaked for ﬁve days with twice daily pump overs. Fermentation was maintained at a consistent 26 degrees switching to 3 pump overs a day which provides excellent extraction of flavor and tannin. Racked to a combination of French and American Oak barrels where Malolactic Fermentation took place. Total barrel aging time was of 20 months prior to being bottled