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Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc
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16¼/20

Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA wet spring was followed by a typical hot, dry Okanagan summer ending in 1422 growing degree days (GDDs), well above the 13-year average of 1054 for the Oliver area. The 50-year-old franc vines are thinned to one bunch per shoot and are fermented for 20 days in stainless steel before ageing in a 75/25 mix of French and American oak for one year. Look for an equal mix of vibrant red and black fruits with a peppery, earthy, tobacco leaf underneath, and medium length slightly soupy tannins. Solid and food-friendly. Hester Creek Estate Vineyard Block 3 turned fifty in 2018.Tasted: 28 November 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 28.95 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 467332UPC: 626037001157