Leaning Post Cabernet Franc 2018
The 2018 vintage had a slightly cool start but was otherwise warm throughout. The heat continued well into harvest, although some rather heavy rain events made the harvest somewhat challenging. Overall, the warmth lasted well into late October giving Cabernet Franc plenty of time to fully ripen.
The nose shows immediate mulberry, blackberry, cassis and raspberry while the background shows sweet tobacco-leaf, leather, mocha, panchetta and cardamom. This wine is extremely perfumey and elegant, yet rich, bold and powerful. The palate shows real finesse combined with rich, round and apparent tannins giving this wine immense structure and agebility. The balance of red and black fruits with smoked-meat, leather and tobacco surrounded by flavourful spices really elevates Niagara Cabernet Franc to the heights we think it deserves.
This will easily age for the next 8-10 years. If you drink it now, try it with hard cheeses like a well aged Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Pecorino Romano or with roasted red meat.