I feel a little sorry for Cabernet Franc. It seems it’s the middle child of the Cabernet family, with Cabernet Sauvignon at one end and Merlot at the other end of the Bordeaux bunch of red grape varieties. Not necessarily the ‘forgotten child’ of the family but almost. In recent times it’s come out of the shadows and stolen the limelight, to a certain extent, from its siblings with one winning a trophy (or two if my memory serves me correctly) at Australian regional and/or capital city wine shows. Now, it may not have been from this region or this wine but it was a Cab Franc nonetheless.
I have to admit, I’ve not had many straight Cab Francs. I sort of knew what to expect but it wasn’t necessarily such good quality from this region!
From a certified organic vineyard in Orange, New South Wales, this certainly ticks a box or more for me. Berries, cherries, some pepper and spice and more…and you don’t have to try hard to find all of these goodies as it rolls around every crevice of your mouth. It’s deliciously medium bodied and ripe-ishly juicy without being over the top. You can’t help but like this wine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a wine that you need to sit in your cellar. I don’t think it’s built for that and I reckon that’s a good thing. It’s too nice a drink for that.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $25 Source: Swap (Thanks Simon Colwell )