Barrel aged Cabernet Franc made from organically grown grapes.
Beguiling, fragrant red rose and raspberries wrapped in tobacco scented velvet and laced with a ribbon of firm satin.
Food Match: BBQ lamb rump. Baked stuffed mushrooms.
This Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc is my tribute to Francie, my mother. Like her, the wine has easy charm and steely determination.
Made from mature vines, grown in deep free draining gravels, Francie typifies the allure of Cabernet Franc and beguiles the senses with velvety texture, bold intriguing flavours, and fine lingering structure.
Fragrant red rose and spicy raspberries wrapped in tobacco scented velvet and gently laced with a ribbon of satin.
Be charmed by Francie in her youth and continue to enjoy the complexity enhanced by bottle maturity.
The Cabernet Franc vines were planted in 1999. Grown organically in free draining gravel soils, they are resilient, gnarly and the grapes oose their own wild character. The vineyard overlays the fragrant red fruits of Cabernet Franc with a smoky crushed manuka leaf.
My winemaking is traditional, attentive, and very “hands on”. Fermentation is with indigenous yeast, the skins are pressed using a basket press and Francie is matured in French oak barrels. The wine is carefully racked and bottled unfiltered.
Francie is a cabernet Franc that loudly announces its varietal character and sense of place.