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Hester Creek Old Vine Cabernet Franctext

Hester Creek Old Vine Cabernet Franc 2020

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlock 3 is home to this old vine cabernet franc, initially planted in 1968 on the Golden Mile Bench. Today it yields one bunch per shoot, handpicked and sorted and whole-berry fermented for 17 days in Italian Ganimede fermenters. Post ferment, it is aged for 18 months in primarily French oak. It was a great year in the Okanagan, and this wine’s nose is stunning. Aromatic and stuffed full of savoury black cherry, this is the best version of this wine I have encountered. The acidity is on point, the youthful fruit more red than black, and the oak moving to mostly French is the icing on the cake. The tannin is dense but sweet and small-grained. I love the balance and the potential to age for five to seven years without difficulty. Well done.Tasted: 21 December 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$27.99750mlwinery online/direct, select private retailers, restaurants
Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Revelry Import Company
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 467332UPC: 626037001157