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Break Free Nouveau Cabernet Franc

Break Free Nouveau Cabernet Franc

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100% Cabernet Franc. And Cabernet Franc is the parent grape (along with Sauvignon Blanc) of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot amongst others. According to grape lore, Cabernet Franc originated in the south west of France in the Basque country close to the Spanish border and ended up in the Loire in the 17th century, courtesy of a certain Cardinal named Richelieu. Australia was introduced to it in 1832 and here we are today. This Nouveau Cabernet Franc is made from grapes grown in Albany, a subregion in the Great Southern wine region in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. That’s a lot of regions. Albany’s climate is maritime and is dominated by the Southern Ocean with moist cool, winters and warm, dry summers. The diurnal temperature ranges are minimal with soils being laterite gravel (high iron oxide content), sandy loam and gneiss rock (metamorphic rock formed under high temperatures and pressure). Clandestine Vineyards use all these features to great acclaim. Clandestine Vineyards, started by Nick and Trudy Stacy, operate to a high standard. In their own words, “our vineyards are selected not only for their region and variety, but also for their commitment to the pursuit of organic and sustainable practices for outstanding fruit quality”. This third vintage of Nouveau sees a change of vineyard siting from Margaret River to Albany but remaining single vineyard. The cooler site gives the grapes longer vine time which, in turn, forces a longer ripening period creating grapes with greater aromatics, flavour intensity and  natural acidity. The grapes are picked at peak ripeness, crushed and hand-plunged for seven days then cold-pressed to preserve delicate aromatics and colour. The free-run juice is transferred into stainless steel tanks where malolactic fermentation occurs (conversion of malic acid to lactic acid using yeasts), and subsequently bottled. Now the taste test. Vibrantly purple with floral and cherry aromas, a hint of roasted peppers and a dusting of crushed rock. Cherries and more cherries on the palate with earthy, dark chocolate notes carrying a fine streak of acidic freshness. Moreish. Clandestine recommends it chilled at a BBQ and drank in the fading glow of the sun. Idyllic, but that’s Aussies for you. Summer is coming. Get it in your cellar. To Hell with tempting Fate.

Country: Western Australia

Region: Albany


Variety: Cabernet Franc

Farming: Sustainable

Vintage: 2022

Is it Vegan? Yes

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