RESERVE CABERNET FRANC 2019
On opening you feel a weight of fruit lift above the rim – not just the Cabernet Franc violets and spice that usually reach you first – more of a concentrate of cassis and blueberry which lies like a deep dark floor from which the lighter flavours move up and float above. Coaxed from the glass becomes the spice and florals that whisper rather than yell. Tasting it for the first time you note the deep richness as it rolls from front to back, tannins taking space and squaring off this sinistral wind of fruit and acid. The length is the fruit flavours you can hint upon at every step – blackcurrant and blueberry roll down the line.
Gary Walsh from Winefront writes … “Blackcurrant, raspberry, dried flower perfume, pencils, a flutter of aniseed and dried herb. It’s tight and compact, with a distinct ‘mineral’ and slate feel, firm cool glassy acidity, all the pencil and a little baking spice. Tannin is firm and gravelly on a long fresh finish. Coiled up, sophisticated, no excess. Pretty serious in 2019, and one of the best releases to date for my tastes." Rated: 95 Points