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Cabernet Franc Eden Hall

2021 Cabernet Franc


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This wine is the culmination of a long term project that started 20 years ago when we planted a small block of Cabernet Franc on a bony ridge in the highest part of the vineyard. It sat alongside a block of Merlot with a Bordeaux blend in mind. Whilst the fruit has always been picked and vinified separately, the block saw only benign neglect for many years and didn’t appreciate the tough love approach! In recent years we have included the block in our mulch programme and switched to cane pruning (2 cane) and the vines have returned the favour by delivering fruit in 2021 worthy of a stand-alone, single block wine of stature. The fruit was destemmed into an open fermenter and spent 9 months in six second-hand French hogsheads to allow full fruit expression.
The wine is bright crimson with a delicate perfumed nose and a hint of pepper and spice. There is a broad palate of black fruits – satsuma plum, dark cherry and mulberry with a lingering finish. Unplanned destinations are often rhe most rewarding – don’t hesitate, enjoy now.

Winter rainfall following the 2020 vintage was near average for the first time in three years so that soils filled to saturation point, but the spaced-out nature of the rainfall and drier than average July meant there was minimal run off for our dam. An anxious period followed with dry conditions for the third year running, hand in hand with frequent, moderate frosts in October and November. Despite frosts and wind, fruit set was good and the trajectory was for a much greater yield than prior vintages.

Accordingly adjustments were made in the vineyard with shoot and bunch thinning in some blocks to ensure quality. Summer was dry, but cool. Thankfully there were timely rainfall events during the growing season and importantly a crucial rain of 21mm at the start of veraison on 7 February providing enough moisture for the vines to adequately ripen their fruit through to an extended harvest that started on 13th March with Riesling and finished with Cabernet and Shiraz on 30th April. In summary the 2021 vintage shows great quality and a very welcome return to worthwhile yields across all varieties that will translate to excellent wines on the table and in the cellar. 2021, one to remember!

Region: Eden Valley, Barossa South Australia

Harvested: 29 April 2021

Alcohol: 13.7%

Bottled: 9 February 2022

Total production: 2,150 bottles