Amphitheatre Cabernet Franc 2020 750ml
AMPHITHEATRE CABERNET FRANC 2020Dired herbs – cedar – cinnamon – sweet earth – chocolate cherry – velvet cassis - crystalline - crimson ink 2020 was the earliest vntage here in our 32 years - a warm, dry Sep- tember and cool October were followed by our hottest November on record, which set up very favourable conditions for flowering. Summer started with dry, slightly warmer conditions than normal for both De- cember and January, followed by a dry, much warmer than average Febru- ary which put much of the east coast of New Zealand, including North Canterbury into drought. March brought a break in the heat and some much needed rain that slowed the ripening of beautiful clean fruit. The first blocks were picked on the 16th of March. April, returned to dry weather, with above-average temperatures which was ideal for the bulk of our harvest.
VinificationOur Cabernet Franc blocks were picked in the last week of April. The fruit was all gently destemmed and fermented as grafted and own roots batches . Malolactic fermentation was encouraged to start during a hot primary fermentation and finish during a long and warm post-ferment maceration. The wines were then pressed and left to settle before being racked into a mix of French coopered barrels and the final wine had a total of 8% new oak. These batches were kept separate through two rounds of rack and returning over winter and spring before being put together pre harvest 2021 and returned to old oak. In early winter, the barrels were racked and returned one last time (16 months in barrel total), before being moved to stainless steel in spring where it sat for 2 months before being bottled unfined and lightly fil- tered. Wine Crimson heart with a ruby hue Black doris plum, blackcurrent jam and fresh blackberries dominate the aromas. These are interlaced with fresh violets and dried thyme with underlying cedarbox . The dark fruits follow through on the palate as well as cassis, cham- bord and black cherries. Crushed cinnamon stick and savoury star anise compliment fresh fruit, while delicate acid gives a bright lifted mouthfeel wrapped in plush velvety tannins. Tech Parcel 1: Picked 28/04/20 pH: 3.35 TA: 7.43 Brix: 24.65 Parcel 2: Picked 28/04/20 pH: 3.45 TA: 7.05 Brix: 25.10 Final Wine: Bottled 29/11/21 pH: 3.65 TA: 5.66 Alc: 14.5%
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