Sacrosanct Cabernet Franc 2016
Released: October 2017
Bouquet: Bright, brambly berry and plum with floral notes and earthy aromas.
Palate: Strawberries and raspberries.
Food Pairings: Meat and cheese boards, as well as wild game or duck.
The 2016 growing season jumped off to a fast start, and it was all the vineyard team could do to keep up with the rapidly growing vines. Thankfully, the season steadied with a cooler than usual July, which allowed for a longer hang time on the grapes to allow the flavours to develop while maintaining natural acidity in the fruit. The Cabernet Franc for Sacrosanct was grown at Matheson Creek Farm on the Skaha Bench.
The Cabernet Franc grapes were hand harvested and brought to the winery, where the fruit was painstakingly hand destemmed into a clay amphora. After hand destemming the 450 kilograms of fruit, the amphora was sealed and left for fermentation using only the indigenous yeast population. After nine months on the skins, the amphora was drained using gravity, and the skins were pressed using a small, ratchet-driven basket press. The wine was allowed to settle for one week before it was racked off of the heavy sediment in preparation for bottling - unfined and unfiltered.