2019 Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc Merlot
- Cabernet Franc
Woodlands have produced this Cabernet Franc Merlot blend since 2008. Cabernet Franc is often disobedient in our Cabernet Sauvignon blends, tending to thin out the palate. However, when blended with Merlot, the variety really comes into its own. Each year we produce around 20 barrels of this blend, sourced entirely from the Wilyabrup Valley.
This is a very fruit filled wine, belying a fantastic structure underneath.
2019 Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Franc is bright crimson in colour. Violet and boysenberries appear at first, followed by ripe fruits, with notes of dried fig leaves and a seductive subtle smokiness.
The palate opens up with the warmth of black cherries, mulberry, and jumbo blueberries, evolving into roasted almond and berry compote, and finishing with rich ripe fruits.
Its charm grabs the attention for sure, but stay patient. This wine will age well, and show it’s true structure in a couple of years.
Try matching it with glazed pork chop with burnt butter apple sauce, or with roasted potatoes tossed in sage butter.
Or try a Ukrainian warm beetroot and mushroom salad (“known as Shukhi”).
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